Taking to the skies in support of St Catherine’s!
A member of staff from Specsavers took to the skies and plunged from over 10,000 feet for charity.
Imran Ali, a dispensing optician at the Chorley branch, skydived from Lancaster Aerodrome to raise funds for Specsavers’ charity of the year, St Catherine’s Hospice.
Imran, a dad-of-two, said: “I wanted to do something crazy and out of the ordinary so I volunteered to take part in the skydive from my department.
“It was for a local charity and I’ve never done anything like this before, so I thought why not put myself forward.”
While Imran was jumping out of a plane, the remaining staff from the shop spent a weekend taking part in a cycle-a-thon, inspired by famous Chorley-based cyclist Bradley Wiggins.
The team clocked up a total of 100 miles between them and raised a staggering £1450.88, thanks to the generous support of customers and colleagues who sponsored the team.
Rizwan Iqbal, store director, said: “We chose to participate in the skydive because the entire team here in Chorley are supporters of St Catherine’s Hospice and we knew skydiving would be a good opportunity to raise a lot of money.
“It’s also interesting for one our team members to get involved in something different even though I was really nervous for him.”
Specsavers say they will be participating in St Catherine’s future events to raise money for a local and worthy cause.
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