The assistant manager of the Wrexham store raised more than £1,800 for Cancer Research UK in memory of his dad, running a half marathon with the backing of his colleagues.

Wesley's dad was the inspiration for the effort

Wesley Roberts, who has worked at Specsavers on Regent Street for 13 years, completed the Great North Run half marathon, after being inspired by the support his father, Ken Roberts, received from CRUK before he passed away from the illness.

After completing the race, Wesley was bowled over when his final fundraising total from colleagues, family and friends reached more than £900, which store director John Kamaluddin then doubled.

Cancer Research UK

Sporting challenges like the Great North Run always appealed to Wesley, but it wasn’t until his father passed away that he signed up to complete his first half marathon: ‘I’ve always been into sports and thought someday I would push myself with a challenge like this. I found the motivation after my dad died last year. Cancer Research UK were so good with him that I was inspired to finally go for it.’

Training began in January and built up throughout the year: ‘It was a real challenge. I play football but running is a completely different discipline. Fortunately my training went well, and when the day came everything went to plan. Knowing how much my friends, family and colleagues were behind me really helped to spur me on.

Huge support from Specsavers team

‘I’ve raised probably four times more than I ever expected to,’ said Wesley, ‘and it is mostly down to the support my colleagues at Specsavers. About half of my original total came from staff who really dug deep to support me, and so John’s pledge to double that amount meant the world.’

Store director John Kamaluddin added: ‘The whole team really got behind Wesley, it was fantastic to see. Cancer Research UK is a cause that means a lot to many of us in store, as well as our customers. We watched him tackle the challenge head on and all wanted to show our support. That’s why the store promised to add another £900 to his final total.’ 

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