A local Man is gearing up for the ride of his life to show his support to a local Hospice.
Bryan Davies from Oswestry will take on the Prudential Ride London event on July 30 in honour of Nightingale House.
The 100-mile cycle challenge, known as the ‘London Marathon’ of sportives, will see Bryan along with 20,000 other cyclists riding in the tyre tracks of Sir Bradley Wiggins, Chris Froome, and Mark Cavendish past the capital city’s most iconic landmarks.
This will be the second time that Bryan has pushed himself to the limit for Nightingale House having raised hundreds for the charity in last year’s race. And, he admits that he is excited to take up the challenge again.
“Ride London was always an event that I wanted to do and being able to raise money for Nightingale House at the same time just put the cherry on the cake,” says Bryan.
Bryan Davies and Nathan Sznerch at last year’s Ride London
“Last year’s race was a fantastic experience. I had never done anything as big as Ride London before but I felt like an Olympian with all the crowds cheering my name. When I was going up Box Hill, somebody even shouted ‘come on Nightingale’ and I like to think that even as far away as London, the Nightingale House name is still known and loved.”
This year, Bryan plans to surpass his previous fundraising for the charity and raise at least £1000.
“The cycling community is very close knit, that’s what I have realised since I took it up,” says Bryan. “I sincerely hope that other people reading this will take their interests and passions and find a challenge to help raise more money for the care of patients at Nightingale House
“Nightingale House truly is our community charity providing care, support, fun and laughter for local people whose lives are shorter than they should be. Money can’t buy more time but it can help provide a better quality of life and everlasting memories for patients of the Hospice and their families.
“There is no doubt that Ride London is a challenge but all the aches and pains are so worth it when you cross that finish line.
“I feel cycling 100 miles is nothing compared to the tremendous work carried out at Nightingale House on a daily basis and when you think about the race in that context, for me, there is no contest really. We should all stand up and show our support.”
Christine Dukes of Nightingale House said the Hospice were delighted that Bryan was taking on the Ride London challenge for the second time.
“By taking on the incredible London 100 bike ride, Bryan is helping us continue to provide our unique level of care to those who need us in the community. We are so very grateful to him.
“One hundred miles is a long way but Nightingale House supports families who face far greater challenges, often over an extended period of time.”
She added: “Bryan has taken on the Ride London challenge but we would ask what you think you could do for your Hospice?
“By following in Bryan’s footsteps you too can take your passion and turn it into a personal goal that will help provide care, support and worthwhile memories to those who need them most.”
To find out more about challenging yourself for Nightingale House, visit www.nightingalehouse.co.uk.