Ne’er Day charity challenge awaits Specsavers staff

Joyce Hankin, Gordon Kane, Natalie Stewart-Murphy, Ashley Low, Shelley Morrison and dogs Rhea & Betsy. Picture by Steven Brown Photography.
Joyce Hankin, Gordon Kane, Natalie Stewart-Murphy, Ashley Low, Shelley Morrison and dogs Rhea & Betsy. Picture by Steven Brown Photography.

Staff from Specsavers in Kirkcaldy are joining a guide dog puppy walker to raise money for the charity by plunging themselves into the icy River Forth.

Around 12 members of staff from the High Street outlet will join Kirkcaldy woman Joyce Hankin (56) in the annual Langtoun Loony Dook which takes place at the west end of Kirkcaldy Esplanade on New Year’s Day at noon.

Specsavers is supporting Guide Dogs Scotland and last year celebrated its 25th birthday by aiming to raise £250,000 for the charity. Staff in Kirkcaldy have held various fundraising events and this time around they have been persuaded to do their biggest venture yet by taking part in the Loony Dook.

Joyce, who has been a puppy walker for 15 years, regularly visits the shop with her charges for events, and it was her idea to get them on board.

Joyce said: “I did the dook last year with some friends and we raised around £2000 for the charity. It was great fun and we have decided to do it again. When I was down for an event at Specsavers recently I mentioned I was going to do it and asked if any of the staff wanted to join me and they seemed quite enthusiastic.”

Those taking part in the St Trinians themed dip include: Gordon Kane (27) from Thornton; Kerry McGregor (44) from Kirkcaldy; Natalie Stewart-Murphy (41), Dalgety Bay; Sean Munn (27), Kirkcaldy; Paula Grant (22), Kirkcaldy; Shelley Morrison (22), Kirkcaldy; Rebecca Leighton (22), Kirkcaldy; Ashley Low (29), Glenrothes; Brogan Muir (19), Lochgelly; Shona Young (48), Glenrothes; Amy Lane (21), Dalgety Bay and Cat More (17), Kirkcaldy.