Bike for Sight to help find a cure

Matilda Henley with her competition glasses. Picture by Claire Henley
Matilda Henley with her competition glasses. Picture by Claire Henley

Get out and get pedaling in the latest fundraising call to help give sufferers like five-year-old Matilda a brighter future.

Cyclist Debbie White and paracyclist Damien Vereker will lead the county’s very first cycling fundraiser for Fight for Sight on September 14.

Starting from Castle Sixth Form from 9am, all are welcome to join either a 16 or 50 kilometre route and fundraise for the eye treatment charity.

Riders will also be joined by five-year-old Matilda Henley who was diagnosed with Corneal Dystrophy - an extremely rare eye condition at the age of just 18 months old.

The Thorns school pupil suffers from eye painful eye cysts as a result of the genetic condition, and her mum Claire hopes that the charity will one day find a solution, or even cure, to give her daughter an easier life.

Hoping to get people on board to help is 49-year-old Debbie who chairs the charity’s Warwickshire committee.

Debbie has lived with another rare genetic disorder, Usher Syndrome, for the past 40 years.

She hopes residents across the town will sign up and take part. “Sight is the most precious of senses,” she said.

“I wanted to do something different to mark this special milestone, so I’m delighted to organise the first Bike for Sight Warwickshire event.”

Debbie hopes to raise £20,000 for the charity by the end of the year to mark 20 years of suppose.

The Bike for Sight is sponsored by Kenilworth Specsavers.

To book a place, contact Debbie on 07866 510959 or