Ride London – Surrey

WOKING cyclist Michael Smith has helped to raise £250,000 for research into heart disease by completing a 100-mile ride in the Prudential Ride London-Surrey event on Sunday.

PEDAL TO THE MEDAL – Michael Smith proudly shows off his award for completing the Prudential Ride London-Surrey course

Michael, 59, was one of 500 British Heart Foundation (BHF) Champions to take part, and personally raised £600.

The route took tens of thousands of cyclists from the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, through the Surrey countryside and back to The Mall.

It took Michael six hours to complete the ride, and after crossing the finishing line, he said: “It was a truly phenomenal experience. The sense of comradeship among the cyclists was so uplifting, especially up the more difficult hills.

“I was pretty tired towards the end but the incredible views of London and the excitement coming from the crowds made for an exhilarating atmosphere, which carried me across the line.”

The money raised will go to the Miles Frost Fund, in association with the BHF.

For the full story and picture spread get the 8 August edition of the News & Mail

A TEACHER of students with visual impairment at Woking High School was raising money for the charity Sight for Surrey by taking part in the 100-mile Ride London – Surrey cycling event on Sunday.

Sophie Lock, who lives in Horsell, took up the challenge out of appreciation for the support the charity offers in the school’s work.

Sophie Lock is raising money for Sight for Surrey by taking part in Ride London – Surrey

Sophie works with nine children, the majority of whom are registered blind.

“We work very hard to prepare resources for the students who are included in all the mainstream lessons,” she said.

Sophie and her colleagues at the school’s specialist centre for students with visual Impairments work very closely with Sight for Surrey in developing students’ independent living skills and mobility.

This includes the school grounds, especially when teaching venues change at the start of a new school year, in and around Woking and at home.

There is extra support in lessons such as food technology, so that visually impaired students understand the whole process.

“I really value the input Sight for Surrey has in improving, developing and supporting us in what we do,” said Sophie.

Sophie has lived in Woking for 12 years and has worked at Woking High for three. Sight for Surrey had five cyclists taking part in Ride London.

See the special picture feature of the event in the 8 August edition of the News & Mail