Tan­dem bike chal­lenge for sight sup­port fundraiser

Woman with de­gen­er­a­tive sight con­di­tion to take on cy­cling chal­lenge

The Scarborough News - - FILEY & HUNMANBY MERCURY - by Poppy Kennedy poppy.kennedy@jpress.co.uk Twit­ter: @Re­porterPoppy

A Bur­niston woman will be cy­cling 100 miles on a tan­dem bike to raise funds for York­shire Coast Sight Sup­port. Liz Pim­per­ton was di­ag­nosed with re­tini­tis pig­men­tosa a decade ago and her vi­sion has got pro­gres­sively worse in re­cent years.

Now the 51-year-old wants to raise funds for York­shire Coast Sight Sup­port and has de­cided to take on the Pru­den­tial Ride in Lon­don-Sur­rey on Sun­day.

The 100-mile jour­ney will see

Liz, and her tan­dem part­ner Mike Lewis, cy­cle from Lon­don to the Sur­rey coun­try­side.

“I love cy­cling but since los­ing my eye­sight I find it ex­tremely dif­fi­cult to not fall off my bike so I have taken up tan­dem rid­ing [which is] much safer,” said Liz.

She is over­whelmed by the sup­port she has re­ceived from friends and fam­ily so far.

“They think I’m mad re­ally. I’m just try­ing to get on re­ally and make the best of it by try­ing dif­fer­ent things. Los­ing your sight doesn’t mean you can’t do things.

“It’s a con­di­tion which gets pro­gres­sively worse. It’s got a lot worse re­cently. My fam­ily and friends have been re­ally sup­port­ive, es­pe­cially my hus­band.”

The Pru­den­tial Ride Lon­don-Sur­rey 100 will start in Queen El­iz­a­beth Olympic Park, then travel through the cap­i­tal and onto Sur­rey’s coun­try roads and through the Sur­rey Hills be­fore a fin­ish­ing on The Mall in Cen­tral Lon­don.

Liz, who pre­vi­ously worked in tourism, has re­trained as a masseur and has re­cently set up her own busi­ness as a mas­sage ther­a­pist.

“Two years ago I re­trained at the Royal Na­tional Col­lege for the Blind in mas­sage ther­apy and re­flex­ol­ogy,” said Liz, of Bur­niston.

Hav­ing taken on var­i­ous run­ning chal­lenges in the past, in­clud­ing a half marathon, this is the first time Liz will be rais­ing money on her bike. She said: “I want to raise aware­ness of York­shire Coast Sight Sup­port. They’re a small char­ity but they do a lot to pro­vide sup­port for peo­ple with visual im­pair­ments in the area.They have a lovely re­source cen­tre on Dean Road in Scar­bor­ough which helps and sup­ports res­i­dents go­ing through sight loss with tech­nol­ogy so­cial events cof­fee, cake and a good old chat .”

Liz has set a tar­get of £500 and so far has re­ceived more than £100. To do­nate visit www.just­giv­ing.com/fundrais­ing/Liz-Pim­per­ton4

Liz Pim­per­ton

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