Salisbury eye clinic cyclists raise thousands for charity with coast trip

SARUM Vision recently completed its third annual bike ride to raise thousands of pounds for charity.

A seven-man team form the eye clinic set off from Salisbury city centre and covered a hilly route to Swanage via the North Dorset cycleway, West Lulworth and Corfe Castle.

The second day involved a coastal route along the south coast to Lymington and back to Salisbury through the New Forest.

This year, the team covered 160 miles and raised £3,140 for its two chosen charities, Alabaré and the International Rescue Committee.

Naeem Haq, a consultant specialist at Sarum Vision, who organised the bike ride, presented some of the proceeds to Alabaré at its fundraising event at the end of November.

Kathryn Furnell said: “Naeem Haq presented Alabaré chair, Malcolm Cassells, with a cheque for the £1,570 raised, while attending as guests of honour at our recent ambassador evening with humanitarian Larry Hollingworth.

“We are delighted to be partnered with Sarum Vision, a specialist eye surgery clinic in central Salisbury. The Sarum Vision team has shown such generosity and kindness to Alabaré.

“We were very pleased to be a beneficiary of their annual charity cycle ride from Salisbury to Swanage and back this year.”

Mr Haq said: “It was a pleasure to be able to donate this money to Alabaré. We are so grateful to all of those who supported the challenge helping us to raise over £3,000 for
charity and we look forward to surpassing this next year.”

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