On Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th February 2018 members, guests and staff took part in Wales on Wheels by booking a 15 minute timeslots between 8am-5pm on a specialist Wattbike to raise money for Breast Cancer Care Cymru.
What Is Wales On Wheels?
Led by Breast Cancer Care the static bike event saw nine different companies from across Wales compete against each other to cycle 550km. Because it was only fifteen minutes of pedalling it meant people of any fitness level could take part.
The Big Event
In true Bryn Meadows style, the competitive streak started to show early on. Participants in true Bootcamp style were encouraged by our personal trainers to pedal as fast as they can to stay on top of the leader board. A whole array of abilities took part including our golf and leisure members, staff including admin, reception, spa therapists and chefs.
Throughout the day, live updates were posted on the leaderboard spurring the team on. Plus a great bit of friendly banter on social media between the other companies. A special congratulations and thank you goes out to South Wales Fire and Rescue who pushed us on throughout the challenge. It was neck and neck throughout the event, with both of us overtaking each other, but ultimately they finished 8.6km in front of us. The Bryn Meadows team cycled a whopping 601.24km beating the 550km target.
Not only did the team sell pin badges and fundraise on the day they were spurred on by the prospect of winning a prize from the Breast Cancer Care team. As well as being crowned being over all Champions, participants were battling it out for individual awards which included furthest distance, best fundraiser, king or queen of speed, which Bryn Meadows Abi Leach won for the ladies, and best selfie which we're sure Bryn Bear will win... hopefully! So far £397.86 has been raised.
Why did we support Breast Cancer Care Cymru?
Breast cancer changes everything. Breast Cancer Care understands the emotions, challenges and decisions people face every day. Over 3,000 are newly diagnosed with breast cancer each year in Wales, which is 58 people a week. The team know that everyone's experience of breast cancer is different, that's why they are there to offer support and information, plus campaign for better care.
“We’re so pleased that Bryn Meadows chose to take part in Breast Cancer Care Cymru’s brand new fundraising initiative Wales on Wheels. I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone for participating and donating. The money raised will help Breast Cancer Care Cymru be there for more people affected by breast cancer, whenever they need them.” Rachael Power, Community Fundraiser - Wales