- League of Friends
North Yorkshire Diabetic Eye Screening Charity Bike Ride
A team of North Yorkshire Diabetic Eye Screening (NYDESP) employees cycled 132 miles from Skipton to Bridlington over three days in June and raised an incredible £2,861 for the Diabetes Centre and Eye Clinic at York Hospital and Diabetes UK.
The team also wanted to raise awareness of the importance of diabetic eye screening. Over the three days, the team visited eight GP Practices where they offer a mobile screening service and met with patients and staff who really spurred the team on.
Shelley Widdowson said, Our team really enjoyed the challenge which was a great team building experience. We were so pleased to have the chance to raise awareness of diabetic eye screening because those with diabetes do have a higher risk of sight loss. Even if our efforts prompt one person to attend our screening service then its been worth it.
Some of our team members hadnt been on a bike in years and the challenge encouraged them to buy a bike and get fit; it really inspired us all. We are so pleased with how weve raised and would like to thank everyone who supported us.
The team are hoping to take part in the London to Paris bike ride next year and would like to encourage other Screening Services across the UK to consider taking part.