After nominating Tŷ Hafan as its 2020 charity of the year, they kicked off fundraising efforts with an epic Bikeathon in support of their PSBA colleague James Meacham who, at the same time, was cycling 280 miles over 4 days in the Tŷ Hafan ‘Ride to the Rugby’ challenge in memory of his son, Thomas.
James also took part in the ‘Ride to the Rugby’ challenge to Paris last year and raised over £75,000 for Tŷ Hafan with BT’s support.
More than 120 of James’ colleagues from across three BT/EE sites in Cardiff, Merthyr and Swansea took part in the Bikeathon which saw the offices compete in a static bike challenge across 12 hours, aiming to “virtually” cycle alongside James and his fellow riders.
Each of the BT/EE sites also got some of their regional rugby teams involved in the challenge to help crank up the mileage — including Dane Blacker, Angus O’Brien and Alex Jefferies (Scarlets), Ray Lee-Lo (Cardiff Blues) and Ryan Bevington (Dragons).
Collectively, James’ colleagues across the three office sites cycled over 530 miles — almost all the way to Dublin and back again! In Cardiff, Bridgette Griffiths was awarded a bottle of bubbly for cycling the longest distance, taking on a fantastic 17.2 miles herself.
James and the ‘Ride to the Rugby’ participants were also supported at the start line (Principality Stadium) and waved off by Cardiff Blues players Josh Turnbull and Rhys Gill as they embarked on their 280-mile journey to the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.
Last Friday, James and the rest of the brave group reached the finish line at the Aviva Stadium and celebrated watching the Ireland v Wales Six Nations game (with some well-deserved of Guinness in hand. of course).
Well done, everyone!!