CAN Mezzanine based charity South East London Vision will be taking part in Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 46 to raise funds for The Metro Sports and Social Club of Vision Impaired People (Metro Blind Sport).
CEO of South East London Vision Odette Battarel, who is partially sighted, will ride a tandem with her husband alongside five members of Metro Blind Sport.
Taking place on Sunday 30th July, The Prudential RideLondon-Surrey comprises of a 46-mile route on traffic-free roads, beginning at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and following the same route as the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 for the first 27 miles before taking a new two-mile route, which then links up with the last 17 miles through London to the finish at The Mall.
Metro Blind Sport was founded in 1973 by a group of inspirational blind and partially sighted people determined to increase opportunities for vision impaired people to take part in a diverse range of sports including athletics, bowls, cricket, football, tennis sailing and skiing.
The club has earned a reputation for meeting the needs of vision impaired people of all ages and abilities throughout Greater London and many of our members have represented the UK in international competitions including the paralympics and more recently the Commonwealth games.
Earlier this year Metro Blind Sport introduced its members to tandem cycling inspiring some, including Odette, to take part in Prudential Ride London 2017.
She shares her motivations for taking part:
"I wanted to take part in an event with my husband who is sighted, to do a challenge together. We are always walking so carefully not to bump into things, it is great to feel we can go fast again!
"To be part of a big London event, riding in front of a supportive and enthusiastic crowd and be cheered.
"To raise money for a charity that does fabulous work enabling blind and partially sighted people to take part in sport and physical activities.
"I have experienced first hand the benefits of sports, of staying fit, of meeting like-minded people and I want to ensure Metro can continue to do this for others.
"To inspire and to show others that it is possible, that if you are blind or partially sighted you can still be active and take part in great events."
Your support will enable members of Metro Blind Sport to benefit from activities which will not only improve physical fitness levels, but also help them to enjoy the social benefits of taking part in team sports from a grass root to international level.
South East London Vision have office space at CAN Mezzanine, Borough.