Get on your bikes and Cycle for Sight


Cycling for Sight is a fundraising initiative that was founded five years ago by students at Bradford University to raise funds for Optometry Giving Sight. Over the past five years, the event has seen a remarkable growth in the number of participants cycling all over England to raise vital funds to help some of the world’s poorest people see their way to a brighter future.

As well as many local cycle challenges, Vision Aid Overseas and CET provider Eyecare have partnered to organise the third annual Cycling for Sight charity bike ride in the Lake District on Sunday August 28.

Participants can choose from three routes – two on the road and one mountain bike challenge. Both road routes start from Keswick, with the longer route covering 87 miles and the shorter option covering a distance of 45 miles.

The mountain biking option covers ancient woodland, steep mountain crags and lakeside bays along its 17-mile route.

All routes will depart from Keswick with staggered starts intended to get everyone back to Keswick at around the same time. The event will support World Sight Day 2016 and all funds raised through the challenge will support the Vision Aid Overseas’ projects aimed to develop the skills of the Optometry Profession in Africa. The £40 entry fee covers your evening meal, a cycling top, a goody bag, guides for the mountain bike route, vehicle support for the road ride and (for those who are opticians) that all-important CET point from a Poster Quiz at the end of the ride. Any fees left over will be donated, along with any funds you raise to Vision Aid Overseas to help fight poverty by transforming access to eye care. Last year our event raised £7000 which went directly to Optometry Giving Sights’ eye care projects overseas.

Event sponsors have been confirmed as Rodenstock, Zeiss, Topcon and Essilor. Click here for more information on the Lake District event.

Alternatively you can take part in the Cycling for Sight Challenge 2016 anywhere in the UK by organising your own challenge, for more information visit

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