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Medics' Cycle Tour of Wales in Aid of Dialysis


Aiming to raise £50,000 to draw attention to the long distances patients have to travel in Wales to receive Kidney Dialysis Treatment, Professor Aled Phillips, Dr Steve Riley, and Dr Kieron Donovan, all kidney consultants at Cardiff University Hospital, have taken it upon themselves to cycle 400 miles around Wales visiting all the dialysis units.

They are featured above on Saturday 7th March 2009 en route between Wrexham Maelor Hospital and their overnight stop at Caernarfon. During the day they called at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd. They are shown above tackling the unpleasant footway around Pen y Clip. This is due to be replaced circa 6th April 09 by the superb cycle bridges between Llanfairfechan and Penmaenmawr which will incorporate a section of original road constructed by Telford.

Before the ride, Prof Phillips told the South Wales Echo: “This is going to be a painful experience and we’ve all lost a lot of weight during our training, but we felt we needed to make a contribution. Hopefully people will be generous and help us towards our goal of £50,000 for a very worthwhile cause.

“After all, every penny will make turning the pedals a little easier for our ageing limbs. We will be cycling big distances between the dialysis units, recognising the fact that for some patients dialysis is not just about four to six hours’ treatment three times a week; they can also spend hours travelling to the units, which means they can spend all day away from home.”

To support the doctors’ cycle ride, which starts on March 6, call the Kidney Wales Foundation on 029 2034 3940, visit www.kidneywales.com 

or donate online at the website www.justgiving.com/ckdwales 


If you have your own charity cause, or would just like to use a route around Wales, why not have a peep at how Cardiff University student Wendy Yap did it in 2007 n aid of Darfur Relief.

See Wendy's route here.