Members of the Machynlleth Choir saddle up for a charity bike ride

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Members of the Machynlleth Male Voice Choir are embarking on a 250-mile charity bike ride later this year.

In August, farmer Iestyn Meddins and fellow Côr Meibion ​​Machynlleth members cycle 250 miles to raise funds for the Bronglais Chemo appeal.

The route has been dubbed ‘The Tour de Cor’ and will see 30 cyclists set off on a four-day ride from Holyhead on August 17 before finishing in Cardiff on August 20.

Iestyn, who is the president of the choir, said: “My wife did a 10k in 2018 for the chemotherapy unit and it inspired me and others to take on our own challenge while collecting funds for this incredible cause.

Iestyn, 45, is organizing the fundraiser to support his wife, Dr Elin Jones, who is a locum consultant oncologist at Bronglais Hospital and clinical manager of the planned new chemotherapy day unit.

He added, “It’s great that at least 30 of us choir members and friends have agreed to take on this challenge.

“We hope to average about 70 miles a day, much of it off-road on National Cycle Route 8.

“Some of us are doing the miles in training once or twice a week at the moment, but we will have to step up the cycling as the time approaches.

“A new day chemotherapy unit for Hôpital Bronglais will be extremely important for the local population. It is so necessary.

The ride was originally scheduled to take place in 2020, but was postponed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Iestyn hopes the four-day trip will bring in £20,000 for the appeal, with around £10,000 already donated.

The appeal aims to raise £500,000 in total to make the chemotherapy unit a reality.

Dr Elin Jones said: “We are so grateful for every penny that has been donated to date.

“While half a million pounds sounds like another mountain to climb, we can truly say at the end of this journey that this will be the patients’ unit and it will remain theirs for as long as they have it. need.”

Dr Jones managed to raise £18,000 for the appeal through his sponsored 10k run.

To donate to Tour de Côr, go to https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/iestynmeddins

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