Opticians across Yorkshire took part in a region-wide virtual relay race to raise money for two charities.
14 Specsavers stores across North and West Yorkshire took part in the Fun Day, which saw colleagues set off from their own store to travel to a dedicated partner – covering over 130 miles. The manager would decide on their method of travel, and could be anything from walking and cycling to three-legged racing or skateboarding.
An overall amount of £3,750 was raised on the day, with the money equally split between the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and Hearing Dogs for Deaf People – both of which are funded solely by donations.
Stores that took part in the Yorkshire Fun Day included Ripon, Wetherby, Crossgates, Guiseley, Idle, Huddersfield, Brighouse, Girlington, Bradford Darley Street, Keighley, Skipton, Ilkley, Otley and Harrogate.
Pete Rooke, store director at Specsavers in Girlington and Darley Street and joint organiser of the virtual relay race, says: ‘In Yorkshire, we love to think of innovative and unique ways to raise money for charity. We also love to do fundraising collaboratively – the Yorkshire Fun Day was a fantastic way to do both.
‘It was exciting to see all of the different ways stores travelled between Specsavers locations. We had some colleagues cycling and even doing a three-legged race.
‘Stores also went the extra mile and organised additional activity beforehand. This included the Girlington store, which invited vocal group Christopher and the Robins to perform in-store.’