Priests set to get on their bikes for charity challenge

The Rev Francis Eyo and the Rev Walter Bance are all set for a challenging bike ride.
The route map of the St Joseph's Church bike ride.
The route map of the St Joseph’s Church bike ride.

A CHARITY bike ride hosted by a church in Pwllheli is set to take place this weekend.

With two priests in attendance, and led by a tandem, St Joseph’s Catholic Church has organised the bike ride, which takes place between Clynnog Fawr and Aberdaron on Saturday, September 5.

Proceeds from the event will be shared between St Joseph’s parish and the Gwynedd Air Ambulance.

St Joseph’s is a large parish, stretching from Bardsey Island in the west to Bont Fechan in the east, and Pontllyfni in the north.

It has three churches, in Abersoch, Pwllheli and Morfa Nefyn, and two priests’ houses to support.

One of the organisers of the event, Gillian Williams said: “We are delighted to team up with the Gwyned Air Ambulance Service in our fundraising activities this Summer.

“We have set ourselves the challenging target of raising £10,000.

“So many of us live so far away from the big hospitals that the Air Ambulance service is a godsend.

“None of us ever knows when we will be glad of its service.”

The bike ride starts from St Beuno’s church at Clynnog Fawr, and will be calling on the way at the ancient churches of Llanaelhaearn, Pistyll, Nefyn, and Llangwnnadl, finishing off at Aberdaron.

Cyclists are welcome to join in for the whole 27 mile route, or can just complete some of the legs of the journey.

A charity concert to boost funds for the parish and the Air Ambulance has already taken place, at St Joseph’s last Friday, with Seimon Menai, Ann Williams and Steffan Llywelyn Ellis performing, and raised a £1,000.

Further details and sponsorship forms are available from Gillian, her telephone number is 01758 612466.