Old Farts Cardiff to Torquay Cycle
Last year we raised over £25000 by cycling to Tenby from Cardiff in a day (110 miles). We supported three main causes and donted to several others. We are supporting a similar amount this year but are setting ourselves a much tougher Challenge.......Cardiff to Torquay in two days (approx 170 miles).and hope to raise a similar amount.
The three main causes are:
Matthew had already been diagnosed with a condition which made him unable to walk properly without aid and was said by his father to be “so unsteady on his feet that he would fall over if you blew on him”. He never left his flat without his walking crutch, but he had no time to get it or the glasses he wore when he was attacked by a man who lived across the road who started banging and kicking his front door that morning, He was left for dead and would have died without treatment and monitoring at the University Hospital of Wales.
Matthew was put on a ventilator and into an induced coma and an MRI scan showed traumatic brain injury. He subsequently developed seizures and some two months later, was still able to breath unaided for only 15 minutes each hour. Today, he still requires regular treatment and has shown little progress for several months. He is unlikely to ever live independently again.
2nd is Daisy Wyatt
Daisy is a young Lady who is suffering from Cancer which has been very difficult for her and her family to deal with. She's been fighting this since July 2015, and she remains full of hope and positivity. She's finished radiotherapy recently, and has been exhausted due to the effects on her body and immune system. She now has chemotherapy to endure which will be starting very shortly. It's hard for everyone involved to watch such a young vibrant lady struggle. All other treatements have failed so far, but they're all hoping for a miracle, and we'd like to donate some money to help Daisy and her family with whatever needs they have at what is an incredibly difficult time for them.
3rd Main Cause is Harri Gillen
Harri, is the lovely 6 year old son of Liz and Lee. In November 2014 his parents discovered a lump on his left forearm, they instinctively knew that something was wrong. Following investigations Harri was diagnosed with a rhabdomyosarcoma tumour. This is an extremely rare and aggressive cancer that only affects a small number of children in the UK each year. Harri has already endured gruelling treatment to fight this cancer including chemotherapy, surgery and radiotherapy.
Harri started treatment in December 2014, and initially seemed to respond well to it. Sadly in July 2016 the family received the devastating news that the tumour had returned following a year in remission resulting in more chemotherapy, radiotherapy and further surgery to remove the second tumour.
Lee (his dad) works reduced hours to support his family. Any monies raised would significantly help to ensure that both parents were available to take Harri to his appointments, be with him during long hospital stays and care for him at home whilst also meeting all of Ellie's needs. The family would also like to put the money towards making a few of Harri's wishes come true.
As well as the many initial side effects that could potentially effect Harri during treatment there are also many long-term effects to Harri’s health and well-being. Any remaining funds will be placed in a fund for Harri to help him overcome any of these effects in the future.
Other Great Causes
We also hope to make donations to:
The Jacob Abraham Foundation:
St. David'ds Hospice Care:
Also, depending on funds raised we'd like to make donations to other worthy causes.
Thank you for your support.