Roy Canning wanted to do something in memory of his mother, Elsie, who died more than 10 years ago. Elsie had eyesight problems from her mid 40s and Roy found a letter from her local optician dated November 1955 referring her to Dr Griffith James, which Roy thinks started his mother’s journey with Moorfields. Elsie regularly came to Moorfields as an outpatient from then on for the rest of her life.
Roy wanted to do something to thank Moorfields for all their help over the 40 years Elsie was treated here, so he decided to enter the RideLondon bike ride. Although Roy rode regularly, it was often only to the shops and had been a long time since he had done 100 miles in one ride. The challenge took place on 30 July 2017 starting from the Olympic Village in Stratford, London, and finishing in The Mall, via Box Hill in Surrey. The race was along closed roads and followed the route used for the Olympic road race in 2012. Roy said:
“I have chosen Moorfields Eye Charity because my mum was under the care of Moorfield’s Eye Hospital for over 40 years. The ground breaking treatment she received in the 1950s when she had to go into hospital for a couple of weeks of treatment, care and observation is now considered routine outpatient treatment. Such are the strides that are made in medical eye care,. Hopefully in 50 years’ time some of the leading edge research done into sight destroying ailments today will then be treated in similarly routine ways. The impact of blindness is considered to be as devastating and debilitating as a disabling stroke, advanced cancer or even chronic pain.”
Roy finished RideLondon in an impressive six hours and 40 minutes and really enjoyed meeting the other 30 riders that took part in #TeamMoorfields.
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