an optician who set his sights on raising cash for charity succeeded in his mission to cycle from John O’Groats to Land’s End.
Rob Hobson, aged 31, of Norton, Sheffield, raised £1,000 for Vision Aid Overseas by completing the gruelling two-week cycle ride - a total of 921 miles.
The Specsavers dispensing optician, who works on Pinstone Street in Sheffield city centre, clocked up between 60 and 80 miles a day.
He completed the challenge alone and camped outdoors as he made his way along the full length of the country, but his parents were on hand in a camper van in case of emergencies.
Rob said: “I’m so pleased I managed to complete my bike ride from one end of the United Kingdom to the other - my training sessions of 100 miles per week certainly paid off.
“I’m also really pleased with raising over £1,000 for a very worthy charity and I’d like to say a big thank you to my colleagues at Specsavers for helping me reach this figure with their endless in-store fundraising.
“I have always wanted to fundraise for VAO as I feel passionately about the charity and all it does for those with impaired vision overseas. Over the two weeks, I was able to appreciate the beautiful British countryside as autumn really kicked in and the Scottish highlands were truly beautiful.”
Vision Aid Overseas helps people in developing countries whose lives are blighted by poor eyesight.
In total, the charity estimates that some 670 million people – 10 per cent of the world’s population – are disadvantaged by poor vision and a lack of glasses.
Many people in poorer nations are without access to optical care or simply cannot afford it.
To help address the problem, in countries including India, Ghana and Zambia, Specsavers has worked with the charity over the last nine years, raising more than £370,000.