Specsavers staff puts best foot forward

Staff from Specsavers who ran the Giffnock 10k for charity.
Staff from Specsavers who ran the Giffnock 10k for charity.

Kind-hearted staff from a group of opticians in Glasgow pulled on their running shoes to take part in the Giffnock North Running Festival 10k.

Specsavers in Newlands were running for their chosen vision charity Visibility.

Director Ruth Lalor, said: “Visibility is a wonderful charity and we were delighted to show our support.

“The Specsavers ‘super team’ was formed to inspire locals to take part in the race whilst digging deep for a charitable cause which is extremely close to our hearts.

“Finishing the race was a huge achievement for the team and we are already thinking ahead to next year’s event.”

The eleven-strong team all completed the festival’s grueling 10k course, raising more than £630 for Vision which supports children and adults with sight loss in Glasgow and the West of Scotland.

The funds will go towards helping local people with visual impairment to live independently within their own communities.

A total of nine Specsavers stores from across Glasgow - Barrhead, Byres Road, Clydebank, Glasgow Fort, Forge, Newlands, Paisley, Trongate and Sauchiehall Street - joined forces to become the official sponsor of the overall festival for the fourth consecutive year – and took on sponsorship for its featured event – the Specsavers 10K.

Specsavers donated cash and merchandise worth more than £3000. The investment was used to provide race participants with finisher’s t-shirts, branded water bottles, clear specs cases as well as a discount voucher for glasses and a free contact lenses trial.

Fiona Sandford, CEO of Visibility, said: “The charitable donation from Specsavers will greatly benefit our charity and, in turn, people with a vision impairment. we would like to thank the team for their involvement – and to those who dontated.”