57-year-old Ken Reid, who is registered blind, arrived in the capital on 12 August, having cycled 750 miles from Edinburgh on a tandem to raise vital funds for RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People).
Ken, who was diagnosed with degenerative eye condition retinitis pigmentosa thirty years ago, visited all four of the UK’s capitals, as well as Dublin, during his two week challenge. He has been supported by a team of volunteer pilots who have helped him navigate his 750-mile route.
He arrived at RNIB’s headquarters at Judd Street just after midday to rapturous applause from the charity’s London staff and infamous mascot, Sooty.
So far, Ken has raised £8,340, having reached and gone over his original target of £7,500. All money raised will be donated to RNIB’s Talking Books service – something that he describes as a lifeline for himself and for others who are living with sight loss.
“The sight loss journey isn’t an easy one,” Ken says, “and I didn’t intend that my cycle journey should be easy either. By making it, I want to raise awareness of the journey that more than 100 people across the UK start every day towards sight loss.”
“By raising money for RNIB’s Talking Books service, the charity will be able to add three new books to their library, helping to make sure that blind and partially sighted people enjoy the latest releases in accessible formats.”
There’s still time to sponsor Ken for his challenge – simply visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Cycle750 or text ‘CCLE75 £5’ to 70070 to donate £5.