A group of employees from Leightons Opticians will take to their bikes on a 137km ride to raise funds for sight loss charity RP Fighting Blindness this month.
The team of three, Stephen Wordley, Mark Davis and Conor O’Kane, will begin the challenge in Poole on 20 June, cycling through Totton, Stag Gates, Chandlers Ford, Winchester and Andover, before crossing the finish line in Basingstoke.
The trio opted to raise funds for RP Fighting Blindness as Mr Wordley has close family affected by retinitis pigmentosa, an inherited condition which causes vision impairment.
Chief executive of Leightons Opticians & Hearing Care, Ryan Leighton, said: “We’re always keen to support employees undertaking personal challenges for charities – given our expertise in the field of optical care, it’s fitting that Stephen, Mark and Connor should be raising awareness and money for a specialist sight loss charity such as RP Fighting Blindness.”
Commenting on the fundraising ride, engagement manager at RP Fighting Blindness, Sue Drew, said: “We are always delighted to hear about community fundraisers such as Stephen, Mark and Connor.
“We couldn’t function as a patient organisation and help fund cutting edge research without them. Every penny they raise is valued, and we thank them sincerely for their support.”