Sailor takes on gruelling bike ride for charity

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A ROYAL Navy sailor is taking on a cycling challenge for blind veterans.

Chris O’Doherty, 33, of Gosport, decided to do one of the toughest cycling challenges in the country to thank charity Blind Veterans UK for the support it has given to his uncle.

The Fred Whitton Cycling Challenge takes place tomorrow and is a 112-mile ride around the Lake District in one day.

Chris said: ‘My friends and I were looking for a cycling event to take part in and we came across the Fred Whitton challenge. It’ll be very scenic but also a very tough cycling test.

‘I don’t have a time in mind I want to finish it in, I’m just looking forward to finishing it, which in itself will be a great achievement.’

Chris’ uncle, Colin Williamson has received help and support from Blind Veterans UK since 2003. He served in the army for five years.

In 1992 he was involved in an unprovoked street attack which gradually caused him to lose his sight and he was registered blind in 2002.

Chris added: ‘According to some this is the hardest one-day cycling ride in the UK but I’m happy to take it on and show my support.

‘I’ve seen first-hand what Blind Veterans UK does for my uncle and he has told me of the great things the charity does for vision-impaired veterans. It made it an easy decision to fundraise for them.’

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