For many partially sighted people guide dogs are literally a passport to independence that helps them get out and about.
Lisa Cartwright, optometrist at Jaysons Independent Optometrists, and her husband Russell, ran The Great North Run half marathon to raise a fantastic £1,200 for guide dogs.
“After an early start from our friend's house, negotiating the busy metro we arrived at the start a considerable distance behind Mo Farah in fact it took us 30 minutes to cross the start line,” said Lisa.
The course starts in Newcastle, with the route taking in the Tyne Bridge, passing through Gateshead and ends finishing on the north east coast in South Shields.
Describing the course with delight, Lisa continued, “The run began 13.1 miles from Newcastle to the sea at South Shields. There we 57,000 people registered for the run,so we ran with crowds the whole way. There was a constant supply of jelly babies, oranges, ice lollies and even sausage rolls to keep us going. After crossing the finish line we were welcomed by Guide Dog volunteers, who provided hot tea, snacks and a sports massage.”
“We had a fantastic day, with an amazing atmosphere and to cap it all we have raised in excess of £1200 pounds for a Guide Dogs,” concluded Lisa.
Congratulations to Lisa and Russell for running the half marathon for a wonderful cause. Looking after people’s eyesight is a very dear cause to us at Jaysons. We are very proud that one of our optometrists has given so much to support Guide dogs, a very important service for people with partial sight.
Mr K.Lakhani BSc MCOptom Dip Tp Ip