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specsaversrydetrekStaff at an opticians in Ryde are taking on the mammoth task of walking 828.2 miles on a treadmill to raise money for local charity, Caring Cancer Trust.

Throughout July and August staff members at Specsavers, located at 39 High Street, Ryde, will be taking time out of their days to walk for charity on treadmills in the store.

It is exactly 828.2 miles from the Specsavers to the Italian Alpines, which is one of the locations that Caring Cancer Trust’s Kids2Go raises money to take children recovering from cancer.

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The charity first caught the store manager, Jamie Downie’s, attention when she discovered that local ‘daredevil’ Don Haver was fundraising for the charity. The 80 year old who was registered blind twelve years ago and has only recently recovered from cancer has raised over £50,000 for charity through his relentless fundraising activities.

Specsavers Ryde’s store manager, Jamie Downie, says:

“When I heard that Don was doing white water rafting and swimming marathons to raise money for charity despite being blind I felt inspired to support his charity work”.

Don alongside fellow Cancer Care Trusts trustee, Ian Macwatt, visited the store to help the Specsavers staff with their mission to complete the 828.2 miles.

So far the staff who are going to walk for eight hours each day until the 30 August have raised a total of £300.

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Store manager Jamie, added:

“Customers have been very generous but the aim is to raise a lot more for this fantastic charity by the 30 August when we will have walked atleast 828.2 miles”.

If you would like to support Specsavers Ryde’s mission to raise money to send children recovering from Cancer on a getaway, which will help rebuild their confidence then you are welcome to make a donation here www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/specsavers6 or visit the store where you will be able to see staff working up a sweat on the treadmill.

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