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Local Optician Goes Run For Charity

Tuesday, 27 April 2010

LOCAL optician Paul Hurdley completed his forth London Marathon on Sunday 25 April, raising more than £1,000 for the Help for Heroes charity in the process.


A store director at Specsavers Lincoln High Street and Morrisons, Paul was one of the 35,000 entrants who ran and finished this year's London Marathon. Paul embarked on a rigorous training regime in the months leading up to the big day and he completed it in 3 hours and 25 minutes.


Keen to use his passion for running to help benefit others, Paul's ultimate reward comes from raising more than £1,000 for the charity.


Balancing a hectic work schedule and busy family life, Paul has been training six days a week in a bid to ensure he could complete the famous race around the capital.


But in the crucial run up to the race last week, his wife Sarah was left stranded in Ireland due the volcanic ash and Paul was left home alone to look after their two young children, which made it all the more difficult to dedicate time to his gruelling training regime.


Thankfully, Sarah arrived back in England just in the nick of time to make the journey down to London to cheer on her husband along with Ria, aged six, and Kyla, three.


Paul comments: 'I was nervous but excited about embarking upon the famous 26.2 mile route but the results were most definitely worth it and I would like to thank everyone for their support in helping raise more than £1,000 for Help for Heroes. I hope by participating in the London Marathon I have improved people's awareness of the work Help for Heroes do and encourage people to support them now and in the future.'


Help for Heroes was founded by Bryn and Emma Parry in 2007 to help those wounded in the current conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq and has raised an astonishing £30 million in the past two years. The charity is currently building four Personnel Recovery Centres to provide support and care for seriously wounded or long-term sick service personnel.


Paul is still welcoming donations towards his fundraising total and can be contacted at either the Specsavers on Highstreet or in Morrisons on Centaur Road.




Issued by Beattie Communications on behalf of Specsavers in Lincoln High Street.





Specsavers notes to editors                                                                      March  10                  

  • Specsavers was founded by Doug and Dame Mary Perkins in 1984 and is now the largest privately owned opticians in the world
  • The couple still run the company, along with their three children. Their son John is joint managing director
  • Specsavers has nearly 1,500 stores throughout the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Spain, Australia and New Zealand.
  • Annual turnover for the Specsavers Group is forecast to reach a record £1.4 billion in 2009/10
  • Specsavers optical stores and hearing centres are owned and run by joint venture or franchise partners
  • Specsavers employs more than 26,000 staff
  • Specsavers was voted Britain's most trusted brand of opticians for the eighth year running by Reader's Digest in 2009
  • Over 70% (4.5m) of all Specsavers eye tests in the UK are NHS-funded.
  • More than one in three people who wear glasses in the UK buy them from Specsavers * - 9,700,000 glasses were exported from the warehouse to stores in 2009
  • Specsavers share by volume of the total optical market (including retailers that are not opticians) is 34%. Our share of the opticians market is 39%.*
  • Specsavers is the largest retail provider of home delivery contact lenses in Europe and one of the top two retail suppliers of continuous wear lenses in the world
  • Specsavers is now the largest retail dispenser of digital hearing aids in the UK and offers a hearing service from more than 400 locations
  • Specsavers supports numerous optical and hearing charities, including Guide Dogs and Hearing Dogs for Deaf People. During its three-year support for Diabetes UK it raised more than £250,000 to fund research into diabetic retinopathy
  • Since 2003 more than a quarter of a million glasses have been collected and recycled by Specsavers stores for Vision Aid Overseas, for use in developing countries. Specsavers stores across Britain raised more than £300,000 in 2009 to fund a dedicated eyecare clinic and teaching facility in Zambia, supported by Vision Aid Overseas. Stores will raise an additional £300,000 to continue the project.



*GfK NOP (Sept 2009)