Ty Hafan

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cycling 100 miles on a vintage bike for tŷ hafan

Cycling 100 hundred miles on a vintage bike – that was the challenge Dave Hutton, from Powys, took on last week in memory of his son Calum, who was cared for by the team at Tŷ Hafan.
Dave set off from Bwlch in the early morning light and returning 12 hours later to be met by wife Fran and daughter Misty and other supporters who applauded him over the finishing line!

A photo of Calum

​“Our son Calum was lucky to be offered his first visit to Ty Hafan in 1999.

He was one of the first to be lucky enough to enjoy the facilities on offer at Ty Hafan. We were all made to feel very welcome and Calum soon was soon staying by himself because we as parents ‘were cramping his style’

He had some great times there with the many friends he made there. The support we had from Ty Hafan ranged from emotional, respite care, to helping with his end of life plan. They accommodated his every need.

He enjoyed days out and boys’ nights in the Den and the occasional curry night.

The reason why I decided to undertake this challenge was to raise money to help with day to day running of the hospice.

I have never cycled more than 80 miles before and that was in 1980 (I was 19).

Dave outside of a welcome to usk sign

So I trained for around 6 weeks, increasing my distance each day. These training rides were done on a variety of elderly bicycles.

I covered over 450 miles running up to the event on June 9th. I received lots of support from the New Inn in Bwlch, who also put on a finishing line buffet.

The day started at around 5am with a bowl of porridge and a view to setting off at 6. I cycled from Bwlch to Talybont-Crickhowell-Abergavenny and onto Usk and returned home to Llangynidr for lunch and covered 51 miles.

A very much needed bacon and egg roll and I was back on my way.

I travelled the same route and stopped in Crickhowell to give an update text and forgot to restart my tracker! Crickhowell to Llangynidr is 4 miles, I had to make that unrecorded mileage back up.

So a quick refreshment at Llangynidr and then onto Talybont-Pencelli and then upto Bwlch finish line, 12 hours later.”

If you would like to sponsor Dave’s amazing challenge, click here to see Dave's Just Giving page.

Dave with his wife and daughter after completing the challenge