Are you ready for the Smarties challenge?

Chocolate lovers could bag a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records by signing up to a tricky charity challenge for Royal Blind.

Royal Blind and ESPC are encouraging all chocolate lovers to attempt to break the world record for ‘eating the most Smarties in one minute, blindfolded, using chopsticks’ as part of Royal Blind Week.

ESPC is hosting the event on Friday 26th February in their centrally located George Street showroom where members of the public can come in to test their skills at the challenge.

The current world record for the challenge stands at just 20 Smarties. An entrant who can manage more than 20 will topple current record-holder, Ashrita Furman, from New York, who holds a whopping 551 official Guinness World Records.

Amy Walker, head of marketing for ESPC said: “We’re delighted to be supporting such a worthy charity and we think this event is a great way for anyone to get involved and support the charity too. On the day, challengers just need to come along to the ESPC showroom, make a donation of £5 per attempt, or £10 for three, and enjoy as many Smarties as they can, for the chance to see their name in the Guinness Book of World Records.

“We’ve been having a lot of fun practicing in the office and we hope the event will not only break a record, but also raise a good sum which will be donated to Royal Blind to help them continue making life changing opportunities for the visually impaired.”

The winner will receive a framed certificate from Guinness which will be theirs to keep for life.

The challenge will take place at the ESPC showroom, at 107 George Street, Edinburgh, from 12pm - 7pm.

Royal Blind Week runs from 22nd February to 29th February 2016. The Edinburgh-based charity is asking individuals, businesses and community groups to help raise money for its vital services by participating in the Smarties challenge.

Davina Shiell, marketing manager for Royal Blind, said: “Royal Blind Week provides the ideal opportunity for people to engage with the charity. During the week the public raise funds and awareness of the challenges faced by visually impaired adults and children across Scotland every day.

“This challenge, run by ESPC, will be a real highlight of the week. I feel confident that one of our entrants will be able to break the record and go down in history as a Guinness World Record holder!

“There are many other ways for people to get involved and help raise money during Royal Blind Week. Ideas range from signing up to our Krispy Kreme fundraising scheme, being sponsored to wear outrageous eye make-up for the day, displaying our self-assembly collection box in your shop or workplace, to taking on our #Blind4Day challenge. Further information can be found on our website www.royalblind.org.

“It is thanks to companies like ESPC and the public’s support and generosity that Royal Blind can work to help blind and partially sighted people achieve their potential.”

The Guinness World Record attempt is only open over 18s, however we would welcome anyone of any age to come along and have an unrecorded attempt!