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A Belper opticians has supported a mother and daughter who have raised more than £2,000 for breast cancer charities by taking part in the annual London Moonwalk.

Sally and Sam Lucas, From Belper, took part in the nocturnal charity walk earlier this month along with 17,000 other fundraisers dressed in decorated bras. The mother and daughter duo took nine hours to complete the 26.2 mile course through the capital.

Staff at Specsavers, King Street, Belper contributed to the ladies’ fundraising effort with a donation of £100.

Andy McBride, store director at Specsavers in Belper, said: “Sally is a long-standing contact lens customers of ours. Last time Sally was visiting us for a check-up, she mentioned that she was fundraising for the Moonwalk and was £100 away from her then target of £1,000. We were only too happy to make up the shortfall.’

The Moonwalk not only funds breast cancer research, it also funds a wide range of projects including those which provide emotional and physical support for those living with breast cancer.

Sally said: “Andy promised to make a donation, so next time I was in town and passing the store, I was a bit cheeky and popped in to remind him. He’s been really generous, it was a nice thing to do.

“It’s the first time we’ve done the Moonwalk, it was my daughter, Sam’s idea. I’d done 20 mile walks before in my teens and 20s, but I still walk regularly and knew we could do it. The theme of the walk was rockabilly so we decorated our bras with cherries and guitars, they looked amazing but they took a while to design and a lot of hard work went into them.

“We were hoping for a quicker time, but there were thousands of people so we were held up at points along the way, there were bottlenecks at road crossings, but we were finished by 9.30am on the Sunday.”

Staff at the King Street opticians regularly donate to charity, and have raised thousands of pounds over the last 12 months for charities including Guide Dogs for the Blind and Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance.

The store is currently supporting Sight Support Derbyshire, which provides services, support and information to over 9500 registered blind and partially-sighted people in the county. To find out more about Specsavers current fundraising campaigns, pop into the store at 46-48 King Street, Belper, call 01773 824 375 or go to www.specsavers.co.uk/stores/belper

 

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