Buckinghamshire Ophthalmologist takes on 300 miles cycle for military charity

19 July 2016 11:47

An Ophthalmologist from Buckinghamshire will be cycling from London to Paris in four days this July to raise money for Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for vision-impaired ex-Service men and women.

Ranjit Sandhu from Chalfont St Giles, also known as Binnie to her friends, will start in London on Wednesday 20 July and will finish at the Eiffel Tower in Paris on Saturday 23 July.

Binnie is an ophthalmologist is a consultant at Luton and Dunstable University Hospital and had the opportunity to work with Blind Veterans UK and saw first-hand the support the charity provides 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 in 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 both inspirational and rewarding. It is wonderful to see the tremendous support offered by Blind Veterans UK for those who have devoted a lot of their time and effort for their country.”

Blind Veterans UK was founded in 1915 and the charity’s initial purpose was to help and support soldiers blinded in the First World War. But the organisation has gone on to support more than 35,000 blind veterans and their families, spanning the Second World War to recent conflicts including Iraq and Afghanistan.

For more than a century, the charity has been providing vital free training, rehabilitation, equipment and emotional support to blind and vision-impaired veterans no matter when they served or how they lost their sight.

Now Binnie will cycle 300 miles across England and France to raise money for Blind Veterans UK, after she only started cycling in March. She will start at the Crystal Palace in London and first cycle through Kent before enjoying the French countryside, including the Valley of Canche River and the Somme River. She will finish in Paris at the Eiffel Tower and Seine River on Saturday.

She says: “I’m very much looking forward to it and can’t wait to finally wear my Blind Veterans UK cycling jersey. I hope the weather will hold up so we can enjoy the English and French countryside.”

To support Binnie as she cycles 300 miles from London to Paris for Blind Veterans UK, please visit justgiving.com/BinnieSandhu.