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18 May 2012

Cardiff and Vale College Construction lecturers bike between Colwyn Bay and Cardiff Bay for charity

A group of Construction lecturers from CAVC’s Cardiff Construction Training Centre are set to get on their bikes to raise funds for a charity which takes local children with health or social or emotional problems to Lourdes.

The six lecturers will cycle roughly 226 miles from Colwyn Bay to Cardiff Bay, and will be starting off on July 16. They will be raising money on behalf of HCPT Group 99, which focuses on identifying local children who would benefit from a special holiday in Lourdes. It covers the Newport, Bassaleg, Rogerstone, High Cross and surrounding areas.

Construction Lecturer Anthony Crothers said: “The idea arose from a staff room discussion. We wanted to raise funds for charity and embark upon a challenging bike ride, while at the same time seeing Wales from the saddle in an effort to gain more knowledge about our country. We see it as an opportunity to link into Curriculum Cymraeg, improve our fitness and wellbeing and raise funds for an extremely good cause.”

Newport-based firm Thames Valley Construction, which has close links with the College, will provide a van that will transport the intrepid cyclists up to North Wales. The company’s Managing Director is the main sponsor of the St Joseph’s Boxing Club, where Construction Lecturer Bill Reynolds is coach.

“We had difficulty in finding a way of getting from Cardiff to North Wales,” Bill Reynolds, who will do the driving, explained. “So we called the Managing Director of Thames Valley, Liam McGoldrick and he kindly offered us the use of a van.”

Liam’s daughter Mairead McGoldrick, Thames Valley’s Company Secretary, is also closely involved with HCPT Group 99. “We’ve been going in this area for three years now,” she said. “We’re trying to raise £20,000 – we took eight children to France last month. It’s great that the College is helping us as we need to raise as much as possible so we can pay all of the children’s expenses.”

HCPT is a nationally registered charity made up of local groups who treat local children. They take them for a week’s holiday to Lourdes – throughout the week the children are cared for a by experienced volunteer helpers.

The CCTC Construction Lecturers who are taking part are: Chris Bridgeman, Andy Brown, Anthony Crothers, Darren Hill, Anthony Parry and Paul Oakey. Bill Reynolds will drive the van provided by Thames Valley Construction.

Donations can be made via the JustGiving page: www.justgiving.com/bikeridefor99