A marathon challenge for manager Katie

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An employee from Specsavers has completed a marathon challenge to raise funds for Guide Dogs UK.

Katie Blakely, senior manager at the Ashington and Cramlington branches, collected £882 after tackling the Edinburgh Marathon.

She said: “I am thrilled to have completed my first ever marathon and so delighted to have raised almost £900 for charity.

“I would like to thank everyone for their very kind donations, including my friends and family and the customers from Specsavers in Ashington and Cramlington who generously supported me.

“Between both stores, we actively support Guide Dogs UK each year as we know the massive difference its work makes in changing people’s lives. I personally like to set my challenge each year to raise money for the charity as it feels wonderful to say I have helped in some way.”

Guide Dogs UK provides blind or partially sighted people with a guide dog to help improve their quality of life. Money raised not only helps to train future guide dogs, but also allows staff to work closely with new owners and provide all the essential items they will need, as well as financial assistance to cover food and veterinary bills.