Serena Smith, 27, has walked more than 116,000 steps in just one week to raise hundreds for blind and partially-sighted people. She smashed her 100,000 steps target while participating in Guide Dogs’ ‘Walk Your Socks Off’ campaign – completing 116,860 steps and raising £348 for the charity in the process.
The annual fundraising event encourages people to walk 100,000 steps – approximately 45 miles – over the course of a week for the charity, which helps blind people across the UK access guide dogs and provides families with education and support services.
Ms Smith, who works as a dispensing optician at Specsavers in Newport, took time off work to complete the challenge and tracked her movement with a step counter – ultimately beating her target by walking 116,860 steps.
‘Our store has organised a number of fundraising events for Guide Dogs in the past, so when I heard about this challenge I felt compelled to participate,’ she said.
‘I’ve never taken on a challenge like this before, and I thought it was a good place to start. It was difficult, but achievable. It also gave me a chance to experience some beautiful Welsh walks – from coastal paths in Porthcawl to Pen y Fan in the Brecon Beacons.’
Clare Baker, store manager, adds: ‘Guide Dogs provides those with limited or no vision at all the chance to live their lives as independently as possible, which is why we want to support the charity as much as we can. We hope the money raised by Serena’s efforts will go some way to training more dogs, so no one with sight issues is left without help.’
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