Optometrists in charity challenge

The Wardale Williams and Observatory the Opticians team after completing the London to Brighton Bike Ride. ANL-150629-122513001
The Wardale Williams and Observatory the Opticians team after completing the London to Brighton Bike Ride. ANL-150629-122513001

Two Sudbury optometrists have completed a gruelling bike ride to help raise more than £3,500 for the British Heart Foundation.

Will Norman and Joanna Williams, of Wardale Williams the Opticians were part of a nine-man team, which completed the 55-mile London to Brighton Bike Ride on June 21.

The team was made up members of staff from Wardale Williams and sister company Observatory the Opticians, which have practices in Suffolk and Essex, including Sudbury and Halstead.

Both Mr Norman and Ms Williams managed to tackle the Ditchling Beacon, which reaches a height of more than 800 feet near the end of the course.

“I am delighted to have been involved with such a fantastic team and to have raised so much money for a great cause,” said Mr Norman.

“Taking part in the event was an experience I will never forget. It was challenging, but also very enjoyable.”

The British Heart Foundation London to Brighton Bike Ride has been held for the past 40 years and is one of the charity’s largest annual fundraising events.

The charity is the UK’s largest funder of research into cardiovascular disease.

Jonathan Foreman, managing director at the opticians, who also completed the ride, said: “The team completed the ride in around six hours and several of us managed to get to the top of the Ditchling Beacon without stopping, so we are really proud of our achievement.

“We have raised more than £3,500 already but we hope the final figure will be closer to £5,000.”