Buckinghamshire Ophthalmologist conquers 300 mile cycle for military charity.
17 August 2016 14:03
An Ophthalmologist from Buckinghamshire cycled from London to Paris in four days to raise money for our charity.
Ranjit Sandhu, also known as Binnie to her friends, decided to take on the challenge as she is a consultant ophthalmologist at Luton and Dunstable University Hospital.
Through her work she had the opportunity to work with us and saw first-hand the support we provide to vision-impaired ex-Service men and women.
She says: “I had the opportunity to work with those veterans who have suffered sight loss by providing clinical and much required moral support at the Blind Veterans UK at their London Headquarters.
“Meeting the blind veterans, both at the London office as well as the charity’s Buckingham Palace Garden Party last year was inspirational and rewarding.”
The four day cycle started in Crystal Palace in London with the most miles to cover on day one. Binnie says: “We rode through the busy streets of London heading south to the coast. Not long after we could see the beautiful rural Kent countryside.”
She went on to cycle along the North Downs Way reaching the cliffs of Dover after having cycled 95 miles. She travelled across the channel to Calais and the next day set off early to cover 75 miles and enjoyed the scenery in the Northern France.
She says: “We encountered French people in front of their quaint cottages and they greeted us with a smile and a ‘bonjour’.”
The next day they started in Abbeville, where they had finished the night before, onto Beauvais. Having cycled 170 miles in the previous days, Binnie was starting to feel it. She says: “I wondered whether I would be able to complete the challenge as I faced the steep hills on the next leg of our journey. However, after some delicious chocolate cakes I was ready to get back into the saddle and cycle along the picturesque River Somme.”
On the last day of the challenge, the excitement brought new energy as they were getting closer to their final destination – Paris. Binnie says: “We cycled 60 miles along the river Seine all the way to the Eiffel Tower. As we got to the finish we were cheered on by friends and family. There was an enormous sense of excitement and achievement at the thought of fundraising in support of Blind Veterans UK made this four day challenge really worthwhile.”
To support Binnie for conquering a 300 mile cycle from London to Paris for Blind Veterans UK, please visit justgiving.com/BinnieSandhu.