Bellway Bike Ride Raises Money For Charity

A team from housebuilder Bellway Homes has cycled the entire length of Wales to raise £8,000 for charity.

The team of eight set off from the very tip of Anglesey and cycled all the way through Snowdonia, Mid Wales and the Brecon Beacons finishing at the most southerly point of South Wales on the coast in Aberthaw, totalling 220 miles.

The £8,000 raised will now be donated towards a school that supports children with autism.

Father-of-two Andy Backhouse, a construction director for Bellway Homes Wales, said: “It was a great challenge and we’d like to think that as we rode from the very north to the very south of Wales, we took on more than most. The cause we chose to support was Ruardean Primary School which we learned about from Bill Cummings, a contractor who has worked for Bellway for many years, whose seven-year-old son William goes there. We were touched that Bill came up to Builth Wells to support us on the second night of the ride and that some of the teachers from the school came to cheer us over the finishing line.”

The fundraising cycling team included Bellway’s regional director Paul Minnis, assistant site manager Kevin Roberts, site manager Paul Oakley, development coordinator Alex Daly, and commercial manager Dan Holland. They were joined by Sequence managing director Richard Baker and RPA director Nick Soady.

Andy, of Thornhill, Cardiff, who trained for the cycling challenge by clocking up 150 miles a week, continued: “The ride was a seriously tough experience, mainly because of the weather which was horrendous. We couldn’t see the beautiful mountains in Snowdonia – at times we could hardly see the road ahead of us. Cycling through Mid Wales was probably the most difficult part as the hills came thick and fast. But we stayed motivated and in spite of the weather we finished on schedule just as the sun came out. We’d like to thank everyone for being so generous in supporting us and the cause that made it all worthwhile.”