Cyclists take on challenge to raise funds for Appeal

Release Date: 29/06/2015

Cyclists take on challenge to raise funds for Appeal

26 cyclists from Llangynhafal near Ruthin took on a mammoth cycling challenge in order to raise funds for the Bone Cancer Centre Appeal at The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in Oswestry.

On Thursday 25th June 2015, the Golden Lion Inn Bike Ride team warmed up for their journey by cycling from Llangynhafal near Ruthin in Denbighshire to the leading specialist orthopaedic hospital in Oswestry to meet staff from the Bone Cancer Centre before travelling by coach to Cardiff where they began their three day challenge.

Comprising of 26 members, the riders cycled the 210 mile route from Cardiff through the valleys and black mountains to Hay on Wye, up to Ludlow and then on to Shrewsbury and finally heading home into Wales to Llangynhafal.

Andy Mitchelmore, one of the group organisers explains, "A few years ago a young member of our community was diagnosed with a non-malignant tumour, thankfully this was successfully removed by Mr. Cool and his skilled team at the hospital.  As a group we have supported other health related charities over the years but when we heard about the hospital’s Appeal there was no doubt about us choosing to support it following the wonderful care that was received.”

Claire Riley, who is taking part in the ride, said: "We have been busy organising a variety of fundraising events throughout the year in addition to the cycle ride, everything from a sponsored Sobertober to comedy and quiz nights, yoga classes, a Halloween party and an open garden day with tea and cakes at Plas yn Llan. So far we have raised an amazing £7000 and we still have a scarecrow trail and party planned! Everyone has been very generous with their time and donations."

Mr Paul Cool, Consultant Orthopaedic & Oncological Surgeon at the hospital said,“We’re extremely grateful for the enormous support of the Golden Lion Bike team. They have already raised an amazing amount through their achievements which will go towards helping future patients.”

Development work has already begun on the multi-million pound scheme to transform existing hospital facilities, including four new clean air Theatres, a High Dependency Unit and an Admission on Day of Surgery Unit. A new dedicated Bone Cancer Centre with inpatient and clinic facilities and a flexible multi-use ward will be built on the first floor.

If you would like to find out more or to make a donation, visit the team’s Just Giving page: or Facebook page:

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