Specsavers opticians in Woking will be raising the stakes in its fundraising efforts with an in store cycle challenge in aid of the British Heart Foundation.
In store cycling challenge
From Monday 28 to Wednesday 30 April staff members from the Woking store on Mercia Walk, will be embarking on a cycling challenge on stationary exercise bikes in a bid to raise money for the cause.
Throughout the three day event they will be clocking up the miles, cycling four and a half hours per day. The challenge – Challenge Clokie – is in support of local resident, Adam Cloke.
Local fire fighter's fundraising effort
Adam is cycling 450 miles across the UK and France in three days in memory of his father, Mike Cloke who died of a heart attack last year.
A fire fighter for the London Fire Brigade and a cycling enthusiast, Adam decided to embark on his challenge to raise vital funds for the British Heart Foundation, as well as raising awareness about the importance of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
Adam’s knowledge and ability to perform CPR at the time of his father’s heart attack ultimately prolonged his father’s life for two days allowing family members to say their goodbyes.
Support from Specsavers Woking
Carey Galloway, store director said: ‘Mike was part of my family and he was due to become my father-in-law so both Adam’s cycle challenge and our in store cyclethon are very close to my heart.’
‘I wanted to support Adam, while also raising funds for the British Heart Foundation, so it made perfect sense to ask my colleagues and customers for their help.
Our in store bike ride won’t be anywhere near as difficult as Adam’s but we’re still aiming to raise as much as possible to help him reach his target of £2,500.’
Carey has also organised for all store staff to take part in CPR training with volunteers from Heartstart, part of the British Heart Foundation, which teaches the necessary skills to deal with a life threatening emergency.
In addition to the in store cycle challenge staff will also be giving out high visibility jackets to highlight the importance of cycle safety, as well as holding a customer raffle and cake sale to help boost funds.