Charity director Tobin Aldrich, from Lewes, is cycling the length of the UK to raise money for Sussex-based Sightsavers.
The money raised will go towards the charity’s new appeal; A Million Miracles. The appeal aims to raise enough funds for one million sight-saving operations in developing countries.
The event, Deloitte Ride Across Britain, sees participants tackle a 969 mile (1,560km) cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats. The route is broken up across nine daily stages, averaging 108 miles a day.
Tobin is aiming to raise £30 for each mile cycled, totalling a massive £29,070 – £30 enables Sightsavers to restore sight to someone suffering with a cataract, the world’s leading cause of blindness, and totally transform their life.
Global fundraising director Tobin said: “I am so pleased and scared to be taking part in the Ride Across Britain. Raising funds to help save the sight of those in the poorest parts of the world is something I am very passionate about.
“My training regime has not been quite up to scratch, so I am honestly going to find this a huge challenge. I hear the first two days are the worst, so I am least looking forward to that.”
Tobin will not be alone on his epic journey. He will be joined by his good friend Peter Muffet, from Clapham, London. The pair have been training together and have even made a comedy video to encourage donations on Tobin’s Just Giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/TobinPeterRAB
The Deloitte Ride Across Britain begins tomorrow (Saturday) and runs through until September 14. It also boasts some of Britain’s most beautiful sights, from barren moorlands and majestic highlands, to lush green valleys and stunning coastal roads.
This appeal’s aim is to raise £30m by 2017. The income raised will enable Sightsavers to support one million sight restoring operations for people living in poor communities in Africa and Asia. Find out more by visiting www.millionmiracles.org
There are 39 million blind people in the world; 80 per cent of all blindness can be prevented or cured.