Robin Bennett, manager at Barbara Watson Eyecare in Outwood, Wakefield,  part of the Valli Group of Opticians, is cycling 85 miles to raise money for Sight Aid.


Tour de France charity ride

Robin Bennett and David Marsh of Sight Aid

This Friday (June 27) Bennett will cycle from Outwood to Honley, Lockwood, Almondbury, Holmfirth, Mytholmroyd and finally Hebden Bridge before heading back to Wakefield. This takes in all of the group's practices andpart of thye secobd dtage of this year's Tour de France Grand Depart.  Sight Aid, which is also based in Outwood, supports local people who are visually impaired, donations are being accepted at any of the Valli Opticians branches.

Bennett said: 'It is 85 miles and around eight hours in total so it’s quite a challenge, but I have been training hard so hopefully I will be up to it. The Valli Group of Opticians is always looking for ways to support the local community and charities. With the imminent Grand Depart in Yorkshire for the Tour de France, I saw a great opportunity to celebrate this by doing my own tour of all our opticians.'

David Marsh (right), CEO of Wakefield District Sight Aid,said: 'His bike ride of 85 miles, which will take around eight hours, is a precursor to Le Grand Depart and will raise much needed funds to enable us to continue to support and provide services for the over 1000 users who access our services.'