Blind charity gets big boost in fundraiser

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BLIND veterans will benefit thanks to the pedal power of an optician.

Bill Vance, optometrist and store director for Specsavers stores in Havant and Waterlooville, embarked on the annual Nightrider 100km night-time cycle ride across London.

This year’s Nightrider took place over the weekend and for Bill it followed months of gruelling training and preparation for London’s moonlit cycling challenge.

He said: ‘I’d donated to Blind Veterans UK in the past and they kept me up to date with their fundraising events.

‘One day I came home to a leaflet with a picture of someone I’d gone to school with, who is now a blind veteran himself.

‘That was when I decided I wanted to raise money on their behalf.

‘As an optometrist I understand how vital the donations are to the lives of blind ex-service men and women, this kept me motivated through all the training. Nightrider was a fun and gruelling challenge but a great way to raise awareness and precious donations for the charity.’

Nightrider began life in 1992 and has raised more than £85m for good causes.

To make a donation to Blind Veterans UK pop into Specsavers in Havant or Waterlooville.