Michael goes the distance for charity

Michael Offord, second right.
Michael Offord, second right.

A FUNDRAISER got on his bike to raise £1,000 for charity.

Optometrist Michael Offord, of Relton Terrace in Whitley Bay, cycled 140 miles from Whitehaven to Tynemouth in aid of Vision Aid Overseas, a charity providing eye care services in developing countries.

Michael, along with six other cyclists, completed the coast-to-coast challenge in two days.

The 60-year-old said: “I’ve already done it three times before, but it was always over three days.

“We all found it tough doing three steep climbs a day but the thought of Vision Aid Overseas benefiting kept me going.

“It was a great challenge, and we all feel a great sense of achievement.

“It’s a fantastic thought knowing that Vision Aid Overseas will make a difference because of our efforts.”

Michael, who runs his own practice in Kingston Park in Newcastle, has visited India and Burkina Faso in West Africa to offer eye care for the charity.

He said: “Just seeing the smiles when you give someone glasses is worth its weight in gold.

“Children often need spectacles just to get a normal education, and parents need to be able to see to provide for their families.

“You can get such satisfaction from being able to make a difference in so many people’s lives.”

To help Michael raise money for Vision Aid Overseas, visit www.justgiving.com/MichaelOffordC2C