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Local Optician Run For Charity

Wednesday, 04 March 2009

Optician Jeremy Beesley is running the 2009 London Marathon on Sunday 26 April to support the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association.

The store director at Specsavers in Beverley started running as a means to keep fit for ice-climbing, his other major passion. In realising his exertions could benefit others he decided to enter the London Marathon as a charity runner, despite having never run more than a few miles before. As an optometrist, Jeremy felt fundraising for Guide Dogs for the Blind was an obvious choice.

In preparation for this epic endeavour, Jeremy has been running a total of 35 miles a week for the last six months, running an incredible 20 miles on Mondays alone, through the worst that the Yorkshire winter could throw at him. 

Jeremy is keen to use his position as store director of Specsavers Beverley to highlight the good work that Guide Dogs for the Blind do, and hopes that the local community will support his aim to raise £1,500 for a charity that is close to his heart.

Jeremy says: 'Guide Dogs for the Blind is a fantastic charity that has helped a lot of people. I am looking forward to the 26 miles that lie ahead of me and I'll definitely finish, even if I end up crossing the line on my hands and knees.'

To make a donation and support Jeremy through his 26-mile ordeal log on to www.justgiving.com/jeremybeesley or pop in to the store on Toll Gavel.

The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association provides guide dogs and other mobility services to blind and partially-sighted people. The charity also campaigns for improved rehabilitation services and unhindered access for all blind and partially-sighted people.

PHOTO: Jeremy Beesley.


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