Firefighter warms hearts in challenge

A WOKING optician’s and local firefighter have joined forces to cycle their way to victory and raise more than £6,000 for the British Heart Foundation.

From April 28 to 30 staff members from the Woking Specsavers store, located in Mercia Walk, embarked on a cycling challenge on stationary exercise bikes in a bid to raise money for charity. Throughout the three-day event they cycled continuously for seven and a half hours – a total of 22-and-a-half hours of cycling.

DREAM TEAM – Adam Cloke was joined by Specsavers staff as they bravely pedalled their way to £6,000

DREAM TEAM – Adam Cloke was joined by Specsavers staff as they bravely pedalled their way to £6,000

At the same time local resident Adam Cloke was cycling 450 miles across the UK and France in memory of his father, Mike Cloke who died of a heart attack last year.

Adam, a firefighter for the London Fire Brigade and cycling enthusiast, decided to embark on his challenge – Challenge Clokie – to raise vital funds for the British Heart Foundation, as well as raising awareness about the importance of CPR.

Adam’s knowledge and ability to perform CPR at the time of his father’s heart attack ultimately prolonged Mike’s life for two days allowing family members to say their goodbyes. Store Director of Specsavers in Woking and Adam’s fiancée, Carey Galloway, said: “I am so immensely proud of Adam and my colleagues in store for their hard work in raising such a phenomenal amount of money for the charity.

“We set out to do our very best, aiming to help Adam reach his target of £2,500, but we never imagined that we would more than double that figure. I personally want to thank all my colleagues and our customers for their unwavering support and encouragement in what has been a rather emotional journey.”

In addition to the in-store cycle challenge staff gave out high visibility jackets to highlight the importance of cycle safety, as well as holding a customer raffle and cake sale to help boost funds.

For more information about Challenge Clokie or to make a donation, go to

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