a view of a road from the perspective of a cyclist looking over their handlebars and cycling towards a sunset

Roy’s mother, Elsie, was a regular visitor to Moorfields. After she passed away, Roy wanted to say thank you to the hospital that had helped her so much.

Elsie was referred to Moorfields in 1955 after suffering with sight problems.

In her mid 40s, she became a regular visitor and attended the hospital for treatment for the rest of her life.

Roy remembers the fantastic care his mother got at Moorfields for over 40 years. Most of all, he marvelled at the progress Moorfields has made over that time:

The groundbreaking treatment she received in the 1950s is now considered routine outpatient treatment. Such are the strides that have been made in eye care.

Giving back

To recognise all of Moorfields’s hard work, Roy decided to fundraise for Moorfields Eye Charity. 

He signed up to take part in RideLondon - a 100-mile bike ride that starts at the Olympic Village in Stratford, London, and finishes at The Mall, taking in the Surrey countryside on the way - and donated his sponsorship money to the charity.

Although Roy was a bit out of practice cycling long distances, he finished the race in an impressive 6 hours and 40 minutes! 

He loved the experience and enjoyed meeting the other 30 people riding for #TeamMoorfields.

Roy hopes that the money he raised will help future patients at Moorfields get fantastic care, just like his mum did almost 70 years ago: 

Hopefully in 50 years’ time some of the leading research done into today’s sight destroying ailments will mean we will be able to treat them in routine ways too.