Pair’s Ben to Ben challenge for Pendleside Hospice

John Bannister receives a pair of Oakley glasses from Phil Howlett of Planit Opticians in Colne ahead of his 'Ben to Ben' challenge. (S)
John Bannister receives a pair of Oakley glasses from Phil Howlett of Planit Opticians in Colne ahead of his 'Ben to Ben' challenge. (S)
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The charity challenge of a Colne fitness fanatic has become the focus of sponsorship by a town optician.

The charity challenge of a Colne fitness fanatic has become the focus of sponsorship by a town optician.

Planit Opticians have ensured fitness instructor John Bannister from Pendle Leisure Centre will not be seeing double for his “Ben to Ben” challenge by donating Oakley sports eyewear.

Mr Bannister’s adventure will begin with walking the National Three Peaks, starting at Ben Nevis in Scotland on Saturday, and finishing with the London Marathon passing Big Ben next Sunday.

He has raised £1,200 already and will be joined by friend Tony Robinson. The pair will cycle between their running and walking feats; Ben Nevis to Scafell, Scafell to Snowdon, and then on to London, a total of over 700 miles.

John said: “I am extremely grateful to Planit Opticians for their support and for their understanding of how my vision could be affected throughout my journey. Knowing my eyes will be fully protected against the weather and the high altitude is one less thing I need to worry about. I am looking forward to my challenge and have been overwhelmed by the support from everyone in order to raise vital funds for this fabulous local charity.”

Managing Director of Planit Opticians Phil Howlett said: “Pendleside Hospice is a fantastic charity and we like to encourage and support people in our local community with outstanding challenges in order to help other people.”

You can follow their progress via Planit Opticians’ Facebook page or at www.justgiving.com/BentoBenchallenge.