Opticians walk 200 miles for hospice

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Staff from the Morley branch of Specsavers have their eyes on helping a local charity after walking over 200 miles.

The team decided to walk the distance from Morley to London by clocking up the miles on a number of treks in aid of St Gemma’s Hospice in Leeds.

Yet the keen hikers surpassed their target figure and covered 262 miles - enough to take them past the capital to Brighton on the south coast.

The group of 15 raised £681 for the hospice, a cause close to many staff members’ hearts, from walking routes in areas such as Shipley and Skipton.

Store manager Sarah Plumpton was delighted that her team exceeded both their sponsorship and distance targets.

“We initially aimed to collect £500 with our sponsored walks and we’re therefore delighted to surpass this. We also, in fact, aimed to walk 193 miles which is the distance from Morley to London, but surpassed this and covered 262 miles which would take us right down to Brighton!

“I’d like to say a huge thank you to the team for taking part and huge thank you to all the people who sponsored us. St Gemma’s Hospice is at the heart of the community and we’re proud to support it at Morley Specsavers.”

St Gemma’s in Yorkshire’s largest hospice, providing palliative care for adults with cancer and other terminal illnesses.

The cash raised by the opticians and their support staff will be donated to the hospice to be spent on services for residents and their families.