By Kate Madley

Specsavers, the global retailer founded by Welsh entrepreneur Doug Perkins and his wife, Mary, has won our ‘Winning Gold with Wales World Wide’ competition.

The competition, which ran for the duration of the Paralympic Games, celebrates the success of the thirty eight Welsh athletes in team GB, the most Paralympians ever to compete from Wales.

Winners of the prize draw receive WWW Gold Membership and are asked to make a £100 donation to sponsor former Wales rugby captain Andy Moore, who is taking part in the Velindre Cancer Care – Captains California Bike Ride.

“Velindre is a fantastic charity that does a tremendous job in providing cancer care and support to people across Wales, so we were delighted to support them through this donation,” said Peter Render, chairman of Specsavers in Wales.

The 390 kilometre bike ride is taking place this September (16th-24th) and the team of riders includes two other former Welsh rugby captains Martyn Williams and Jonathon Davies.

The sponsored bike ride will see the team of Welsh cyclists travel to Yosemite National Park to begin a five-day cycle through the Sierra Nevada mountains, across California’s central valley and along the pacific coast into San Francisco to finish at the Golden Gate Bridge.

In addition to their support for the Captain Bike Ride, Specsavers stores in Wales have pledged to raise £5,000 for Velindre Cancer Care in 2012, with individual stores hosting a variety of events, culminating with a charity dinner at the Vale Resort on September 25th hosted by ruby referee Nigel Owens.

Peter Render continues: “Specsavers stores across the country are already busy fundraising to help raise £5,000 for Velindre and this additional donation to support its California Bike ride is another way to support our pledge. We wish Andy Moore and the team of cyclists the best of luck this September.”

Llanelli born Doug Perkins co-founded Specsavers with his wife Dame Mary in 1984, the business is now a £1.6 million chain, with over 1,600 stores across ten countries, employing more than 30,000 people.  The store on the Kingsway, Swansea, is the third oldest in the world and has nearly doubled in size since its recent expansion this year.

Specsavers has opened two new stores in Newport and Cardigan this year, and on a recent visit to Wales Doug Perkins confirmed Specsavers is considering further expansion in Wales.

“It is great to have a donation from Specsavers to support me and the team as we head over to America later this week,” said Andy Moore.

“It is fantastic to be supporting Velindre, it makes the training and hard work worthwhile and sponsors know their donations will make a real difference.

“The ‘Winning Gold’ competition is a special opportunity to celebrate the success of Welsh Paralympians, and I hope to take the same spirit and determination with me as shown by all of the Welsh athletes this summer.”