Cycling for Eve charity

Photo back row Carly Fitch (manager), Kevin Cricks (Oasis health club owner) Lauren Armstrong (optical assistant), Claire Turner (optical assistant) Darren Walker (director) 'Front row Robyn Moat (optical assistant), Katie Blakely (clinic supervisor) Jenni Demir (optical assistant) Leanne Edwards (optical assistant).
Photo back row Carly Fitch (manager), Kevin Cricks (Oasis health club owner) Lauren Armstrong (optical assistant), Claire Turner (optical assistant) Darren Walker (director) 'Front row Robyn Moat (optical assistant), Katie Blakely (clinic supervisor) Jenni Demir (optical assistant) Leanne Edwards (optical assistant).

Staff at an opticians saddled up for an in-store challenge to help raise money for a young girl.

Members of staff at Specsavers in Ashington clocked up 400 miles doing a cycling marathon on an exercise bike, raising £250 for local girl Eve Anderson thanks to generous donations from customers.

The nine-year-old was diagnosed with locked-in syndrome in 2011 with the charity All for Eve being set up to raise funds for her care.

The store raised more than £100 last month and has more fundraising events planned for the year.

Darren Walker, store director at Specsavers in Ashington, said: “Fundraising is a great way to engage with the local community and we have been overwhelmed by the generosity of our customers.

“I would like to say a huge thank you to Oasis Health Club for loaning us the bike, without them this fundraiser would not have gone ahead.

“Well done to all the staff for their efforts and thank you to all the customers for their support and donations.”