The second Bike for Sight took place on Saturday 27 September to help raise funds for eye research charity Fight for Sight.

29 September 14

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Jo Harford

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The event organised by 78-year-old, Belinda Wilkinson, from Aldeburgh, put the wheels in motion. There were 37 cyclists who rode the 14 and 27 mile routes starting from Moot Hall, Aldeburgh.

The event is expected to raise under £3,000 for Fight for Sight, the main UK charity that funds pioneering eye research to prevent sight loss and treat eye disease.

Belinda, who heads up the Fight for Sight Suffolk committee, was diagnosed with Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) approximately four years ago, which has affected her central vision. Plus Belinda also developed cataracts in both of her eyes and is under the care of Ipswich Hospital.

Belinda who brought the Bike for Sight event to Suffolk for a second year running said: "A big thank you to the community for joining forces and helping raise funds for such a worthy cause. It was a fun family day and the cyclists were all fantastic and really did go the extra mile.

“Fight for Sight funds world-class eye research into the prevention and treatment of sight loss. With more funding it will help take us a step closer to creating a future that everyone can see.”

Julian Jackson, Director of Development at Fight for Sight, who lost his sight to a retinal inherited disease called Retinitis Pigmentosa four years ago said: “Congratulations to Belinda for organising the second Bike for Sight event and for all her hard work raising awareness and vital funds for ongoing eye research. Thank you to everyone who took part in this event and making it another great success. Living with sight loss can have a devastating impact on people’s lives and having lost my own sight it makes you realise just how precious sight is.”

The cyclists travelled through Leiston, with a pit stop at Cakes & Ale camping site, then on to Knodishall, Thorpness and back to Aldeburgh for the shorter route.

With the longer route cycling through Leiston, Eastbridge, the Minsmere Woods, on to Dunwich for a refreshment break, through Westleton, Knodishall, Thorpness and back to Aldeburgh.

The riders enjoyed a well-deserved rest at Aldeburgh’s Sport & Community Centre including a BBQ to celebrate.