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Bike for Sight

Bike for Sight will be coming to Suffolk for the second year running on Saturday 27 September to help raise funds for eye research charity Fight for Sight.

Aldeburgh fundraiser, Belinda Wilkinson, 78, has put the wheels in motion and is calling on the Suffolk community to ‘get on your bike’ and take part in the 14 or 27 mile routes taking in the beautiful sights of the county starting from Moot Hall, Aldeburgh, at 10am.

Cyclists will be raising funds 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.

Belinda said: “The Bike for Sight event last year was a real success and we managed to raise nearly £4,000 for Fight for Sight. I’m hoping that we can raise the fundraising bar this year – whether you are an amateur or professional cyclist you will be able to join us.

“There is some fantastic research work being carried out by Fight for Sight. With more funding it could mean that more conditions could become curable and sight loss may become a thing of the past. Please sign up today and help Fight for Sight.”

Belinda shared her sight loss story with the nation when she appeared alongside Judy Finnigan in a BBC Lifeline Appeal. The appeal raised over £30K for Fight for Sight and can be viewed here: http://bit.ly/1pISTuA.

Julian Jackson, Director of Development at Fight for Sight, who lost his sight to a condition called Retinitis Pigmentosa four years ago said: “Belinda is a pillar of fundraising strength and we are grateful to have her leading our Fight for Sight Suffolk committee. The community helped to raise a fantastic amount last year and we are hoping that the community is able to support us again. Thank you so much for all your support.”

Belinda Wilkinson - smallThe shorter route will travel through country roads passing through Leiston, with a pit stop at Cakes & Ale camping site, then on to Knodishall, Thorpness and back to Aldeburgh.

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

The riders will cross the finish line at Aldeburgh’s Sport & Community Centre where they can enjoy a celebratory BBQ.

To book your Bike for Sight place contact Belinda via email binwilk@aol.com for an application form. Entry is £20 and includes the BBQ. With an additional £12 for friends and family to join in the celebration.

For further information on Fight for Sight please call 0207 264 3900 or visit www.fightforsight.org.uk

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