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Cyclists Raise Over £7,600 for MS Society in Wales Coast to Coast Challenge

A GROUP of dedicated cyclists have completed an extraordinary challenge, riding the Wales Coast to Coast route on mountain bikes over two consecutive weekends. Their efforts have raised an impressive £7,665 for MS Society Cymru, surpassing expectations, and demonstrating remarkable community spirit.

The fundraising initiative was inspired by and dedicated to the memory of Thom Kerr, a young man who lived with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and was an invaluable volunteer for MS Society Cymru before his passing. Thom’s family, including his mother Sue Kerr, father, and sisters, provided unwavering support to the cyclists throughout their journey.

“Thom’s dedication to our cause was truly inspiring,” said Shelley Elgin, Director of MS Society Cymru. “These cyclists have honoured his memory in an incredible way, pushing themselves to the limit to raise awareness and funds for MS research and support.”

The challenging route, spanning 200 miles across diverse Welsh terrain, tested the cyclists’ endurance and determination. Team members Dave Hawkes, Neil Williams, Darryn Buttrill, Vaughn Buttrill, Ross Langdell, and Shaun Holbrow led the charge, motivating each other through steep climbs and rugged landscapes. Their collective effort extended beyond the ride itself, with each member contributing significantly to the fundraising success.

“This ride was about more than just the physical challenge,” said Dave Hawkes. “Every mile we covered was a tribute to Thom and all those living with MS. The support we received along the way was overwhelming.”

The funds raised will directly support MS Society’s vital work in research, support services, and advocacy for people affected by MS in Wales.

Sue Kerr, Thom’s mother, expressed her gratitude: “Seeing these incredible individuals take on this challenge in Thom’s memory is deeply moving. Their effort will make a real difference in the lives of people with MS across Wales.”

MS Society Cymru invites the public to support this cause by visiting the fundraising pages of Dave Hawkes, Neil Williams and Darryn Buttrill.

For more information about MS and the work of MS Society Cymru, please visit https://www.mssociety.org.uk/wales