Cyclists raise over £26,000 for Motor Neurone Disease

Cyclists raise over £26,000 for Motor Neurone Disease

FUW Insurance Services Lampeter Account Executives Gwion James and Dafydd Evans, who were part of a team who completed a 555 mile charity bike ride, have expressed their gratitude for everyone’s support.

Twelve former Aberystwyth RFC players completed the Doddie 555 mile charity cycle ride from Cardiff to Edinburgh on 9-11 February. 

Doddie Weir was a former Scotland Rugby International who lost his long battle with MND in November 2022. Leaving Cardiff at 8am on Thursday morning, Aberystwyth RFC was one of over 20 other teams who arrived at Edinburgh at 1pm on Saturday, in time for the rugby match between Scotland and Wales.

“It was an incredible experience,” said Dafydd Evans, who completed 280 miles over the two and a half days. 

“We didn’t really know what to expect. We had a committed team and were fortunate for good weather, which made the challenge far more enjoyable,”he added.

Both were encouraged by the support, on the journey and from people at home.

 “The event was very well organised and promoted. We are very grateful for the support of volunteers at Rugby Clubs along the journey who provided food and hot drinks. We are also very grateful to everyone who contributed to our fund, which has raised more than £26,000 for MND research,” said Gwion James. 

Hundreds of people stood outside their homes to cheer for cyclists as they passed. “The support along the roads, especially in Scotland was incredible. It was a reflection of the respect and goodwill people have towards Doddie Weir and the MND foundation,” added Gwion James.