Shop workers go nuts for Guide Dogs charity

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Staff at a Kettering opticians are taking on a gruelling challenge to raise funds for Guide Dogs.

Seven members of the Newlands Centre Specsavers team will be taking part in the Nuts Challenge on Saturday, March 2, one of the most difficult military assault courses in the world.

Store directors Mark Turner and David Claffey will be joined by student dispensing optician Clare Addison, supervisor and in-store trainer Lucy Smith, contact lens supervisor Sarah Bayes and optical assistants Jessica Churchill and Katy Jack, as they take on two laps of the seven-kilometre course.

Set in Dorking, Surrey, the course begins with a country mile start before competitors then have to battle through the mud to take on a series of demanding obstacles including Hell River, the Bunker, the Bomb Crater and Spider’s Web.

Mr Turner said: “Obviously we’re nuts to take on this challenge but we’ll be raising money for a really worthy cause so we’d like to encourage all of our customers, families and friends to help us.

“We’ve all done varying degrees of training in preparation for Saturday but whatever obstacle we face we’ll be tackling it together so I’m sure it’ll be fantastic fun.”

The event supports an ongoing partnership and follows the success of Specsavers’ 25th anniversary celebrations which raised enough money to pay for the breeding and training costs of 25 guide dog pups.

Guide Dogs provides independence and freedom to thousands of blind and partially sighted people across the UK through the provision of guide dogs, mobility and other rehabilitation services. The charity also campaigns passionately for the rights of those with visual impairments, and is working towards a society in which blind and partially sighted people enjoy the same freedom of movement as everyone else.

For more information on how to sponsor the Specsavers Nuts Challenge team, you can visit the store, call 01536 412171, or visit