AFTER pledging to collectively cover 918 miles in just 30 days, team members from sister Spercsavers opticians in Solihull have raised £540 for mental health charity Mind.
Together, the teams from the Chelmsley Wood and Castle Vale branches have trekked the length of Britain, from John O’Groats in Scotland to Land’s End in Cornwall.
Opting to run, walk or jog, the team laced up their trainers in the hope of raising £500 for the charity, but ended up exceeding their original target by £40 thanks to the generosity of customers and the local community.
“Working alongside a team who’ve used their extra time in lockdown to help others is very humbling,” says Sukhi Drake, store director for Specsavers Chelmsley Wood and Castle Vale.
“The team have supported each other every step of the way, and as a result, we’ve been able to smash our goal by not only walking a total of 920 miles but also exceeding our fundraising target.
“We’d like to express our gratitude to everyone who kindly donated towards the cause and we hope this donation will help those in need of Mind’s vital work during these challenging times.”
Under current government guidance Specsavers stores remain open for eye and hearing needs.
In line with NHS recommendations, Specsavers colleagues use personal protective equipment, wear face masks and other PPE during tests, and all testing equipment and frames are thoroughly sanitised before and after each use.
All appointments need to be made in advance and there are also be restrictions on the number of customers allowed in store at any one time, strict social distancing rules and, where possible, card instead of cash payments.
To book an eye test go to https://www.specsavers.co.uk/stores/chelmsleywood