Specsavers workers from Wembley use pedal power in charity mission

PUBLISHED: 12:11 11 August 2014 | UPDATED: 12:11 11 August 2014

Rakesh Kapoor and Ananda Sena in Amsterdam Square

Rakesh Kapoor and Ananda Sena in Amsterdam Square


A pair of opticians from Wembley raised £1,000 for charity by cycling from London to Amsterdam.

What is Cystic Fibrosis?

Cystic Fibrosis is a genetic condition in which the lungs and digestive system become clogged with thick sticky mucus.

Currently there is no cure for the condition so sufferers are given treatment to ease symptoms and make the condition easier to live with.

In some cases a lung transplant may eventually be required if the lungs become extensively damaged.

In the past, most children with FB would die of related complications before reaching adulthood but now on average, youngsters born in the 21st century with CF will live for more than 50 years.

Rakesh Kapoor, store director of Specsavers in Wembley High Road, and dispensing optician Ananda Sena, got on their bikes in support of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust (CFT).

Mr Kapoor had no experience cycling from one country to another, but as an official ambassador of CFT he was keen to spread awareness and raise some money for his charity while physically challenging himself along the way.

He said: “We are extremely close to finding a cure for the condition so it means more now than ever that we do something to help push this along.

“I’m so happy that Ananda undertook the experience with me and shares my passion for the cause.”

After having accomplished a night cycle from London to Cambridge last year, the duo decided to take it one step further cycling by pedalling the 230 mile journey over three days.

“We both came back in one piece and even decided to cycle back from Amsterdam to London which was not even part of our main challenge,” Mr Sena said.

“Our Specsavers colleagues, patients and the members of our community who knew we were completing the challenge have been so supportive and have routed for us the whole way.”

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