Charity cycle challenge returns

Cycling for Sight initiative in aid of Vision Aid Overseas and Optometry Giving Sight heads to the Lake District in August

Cycling for Sight participants

CET provider Eyecare will host its charity Cycling for Sight bike ride for a third consecutive year, it confirmed.

The fundraising initiative is held in partnership with Vision Aid Overseas (VAO) and raises money to support the charity’s work in Africa to make eye care and spectacles accessible and affordable to people suffering from visual impairment.

The ride will take place in the Lake District on 28 August. Cyclists will have a choice of three routes – two on the road, and one mountain biking challenge. Both road routes start from the Keswick and take either an 87 mile (140km) or 45 mile (72km) course over the countryside. Organisers described the mountain bike route as “17 miles of ancient woodland, steep mountain crags and lakeside bay.”

Last year’s cycle challenge raised almost £7000 for charity, which is now being used to support and train optometry professionals in Ethiopia, Ghana and Zambia so that more people can access eye care and spectacles.

Registration costs £40. Practitioners taking part can also earn a CET point by completing a poster quiz at the end of the ride.

To find out more, visit the Cycling for Sight fundraising page.