Staff from a Wembley opticians upped the stakes in their fundraising efforts by cycling 230 miles from London to Amsterdam in aid of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

Store director Rakesh Kapoor and dispensing optician and cycle enthusiast Ananda Sena completed a cycle ride in three days, raising approximately £1,000 for the charity.

More about the cycle

After having accomplished a night cycle from London to Cambridge last year, the duo decided to take it one step further cycling from London to Amsterdam. Mr Kapoor had no experience cycling from one country to another, but as an official ambassador of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust he was keen to spread awareness and raise some money for his charity while physically challenging himself along the way.

A word from cyclists 

Rakesh Kapoor, store director, said: ‘We are extremely close to finding a cure for the condition so it means more now than ever that we do something to help push this along. I’m so happy that Ananda undertook the experience with me and shares my passion for the cause.’

Ananda Sena, dispensing optician, adds: ‘I’m a keen cyclist and have been for about four years but it was very rewarding that Rakesh and I worked as a team to complete such a gruelling distance. We both came back in one piece and even decided to cycle back from Amsterdam to London which was not even part of our main challenge. Our Specsavers colleagues, patients and the members of our community who knew we were completing the challenge have been so supportive and have routed for us the whole way.’

Rakesh adds: ‘I never thought cycling that far would be so enjoyable but it was absolutely fantastic. The route was so scenic and the experience was ever so rewarding. I would recommend it to everyone!’

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