‘Tour d’Oxon’ – A sponsored cycle ride around Oxfordshire

Tour d'Oxon 2013OAB’s Director, Colin Cure, and his partner Diane Evans braved the wind and rain during a 3 day cycle tour around Oxfordshire in a bid to raise £2,000 in support of the local groups for the county’s blind and partially sighted people.

The couple set themselves the challenge of cycling a roughly circular route around the county – an estimated distance of 160 miles – over 3 days from 13th to 15th September.

Despite difficult weather conditions, they travelled through Thame, Henley, East Hagbourne, Didcot, Harwell, Wantage, Carterton, Witney, Ascot-under-Wychwood, Chipping Norton, Banbury and back to Oxford. On their way round they were able to link up on the way with many of the groups for visually impaired people across the county. The image below shows Colin and Diane with members of the Chipping Norton group.

Colin & Diane with the Chipping Norton groupOxfordshire Association for the Blind supports 11 local groups around the county, where people with a visual impairment can meet on a regular basis, share experiences and receive support and friendship.

By touring the county Colin and Diane are hoping to raise essential funds to help towards the costs of transporting the visually impaired group members to OAB’s Resource Centre in Oxford where they will be able to receive specialist advice, have access to our counselling service and try out a range of equipment that can help them to retain their independence.

Colin states: “OAB’s Resource Centre offers a wealth of ways that we can help people with limited, or loss of, vision. We want to ensure that as many people as possible across the county can benefit from a visit to the centre and not be restricted by being unable to get here easily”.

You can sponsor Colin and Diane via their online fundraising page at http://www.justgiving.com/Colin-Cure