Stormy Weather Charity Ride for Choir Cyclists

Caldicot Male Voice Choir is well known for and is proud of its charity fund raising efforts through its concerts over many years and has raised several hundreds of thousands of pound in its history.  It continues to be active in this through its charity concert programmes over the year.  To enhance its endeavours it formed a cycling club five years ago for choristers and guests to enjoy social cycling and help worthy causes.  The Choir also has a golf society with the same aims of a different social face to the choir and also to raise money for charity.

In the past 5 years the choir, through its cycling club and golf society has raised about £30000 for local charities including Prostate Cymru, Sparkle, local Caldicot toddler Annalese Gosling, the Victims of Chernobyl Childrens’ Trust and this year is concentrating its efforts to help the Cardiff branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association to buy essential equipment and services for sufferers of this terrible disease.

The cycle club, Côr Meibion Caldicot Cycle Club has already held a sponsored Endurance ride at Redwick which has raised over £1000 for the charity and on Saturday 20th August it organised a sponsored 65  mile ride from Hay on Wye to Caldicot.  The group of 12 intrepid cyclists and its support team set out in atrocious weather to Hay on Wye and undaunted by the severe weather conditions pedalled the route from Hay on Wye, through the Golden Valley to Abbey Dore, past the slopes of the Skirrid and against the storms and wind to Abergavenny and then on to Usk for lunch.  The gales and driving rain were unrelenting but nevertheless the cyclists, now soaked to the skin continued their journey on through Usk to Langstone and on to Redwick to partially dry out, warm up and get a meal at the welcoming Rose Inn.

Suitably refreshed and heartened, the 12 cyclists and support team then braved the worsening weather to make the final stage of the journey through the Caldicot levels to the Choir Hall at Caldicot, dead on time to be greeted by the choir supporters.  The day was rounded off with a celebratory evening of food and music to celebrate not only the endeavours of the cyclists but also to thank the choir for its efforts towards its entry to the National Eisteddfod at Abergavenny.  To date the Choir members and cyclists have raised nearly £2000 to help The Motor Neurone Disease Research Association.

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