Eddie’s Swiss cycle adventure for children's hospice

May 18, 2024 - 351 views

A Conwy cyclist is cycling from Llandudno to Switzerland on a 2,000-mile trip which takes in some very special diversions along the way, including a visit to Tŷ Gobaith children’s hospice.

Eddie Davies, who runs outdoor race karting circuit, GYG Karting Ltd, in Cerrig-y-Drudion, is swapping four wheels for two to raise money for Hope House and Tŷ Gobaith. He will pedal from Llandudno to Llandudno’s two twin towns: Wormhout in France and Champery in Switzerland, calling in at Tŷ Gobaith en route.

From 14th June, Eddie’s wife Tracey will be running the family karting business while 65-year-old Eddie pedals the epic route through Wales, England, France and Switzerland. Eddie has taken on this arduous journey to raise money for the children’s hospices after a friend’s daughter spent her final weeks being cared for at Tŷ Gobaith.

He said: “Tŷ Gobaith was vital for the family when they needed that care and support. I decided I wanted to raise money for children and families like theirs.”

Eddie has previously tackled a 300-mile bike ride from Marble Arch in Holyhead to Marble Arch in London in one day, where he and friends raised more than £4,000.

He is hoping to exceed this total by raising £5,000 on his Swiss venture. He isn’t sure how long the journey will take him, but is keen to drum up support along the way.

“I’d love people to join me for short sections of the route, perhaps to Tŷ Gobaith or from Llandudno, or though some of the towns I’m visiting,” he says.

“At the start I’ll be joined by Mayor of Llandudno and by some of the pupils from Llandudno’s Ysgol Gogarth who I’m sure will provide a good send-off.”

He’ll be travelling through towns including Brecon, Chepstow, Bristol, Bath and Southampton before heading for the ferry at Folkstone. From there he’ll be making his way to the Flemish town of Wormhout to meet the residents of Llandudno’s French twin town; the two towns have been paired up since 1989.

Wormhout is just 10 miles from Dunkirk. It was there that many members of the Llandudno-based 69th Territorial Regiment were ambushed, taken prisoner, and many were later shot. Eddie will be making time in his itinerary to honour those who lost their lives there.

Then it’s into the mountains to the Swiss ski resort of Champery, which has been twinned with Llandudno since 2022. Skiers from Champery have visited Llandudno in previous years to use the town famous dry ski slope on the Great Orme.

Eddie’s wife Tracy hopes to join him for the big finish if she can find the time between business and family.

Eddie says: “My wife Tracey is fine about being left in charge of work and family. She knows I do these daft things now and away, and she understands that this for a vital cause.

“I’m hoping she may be able to join me in Switzerland, though we’ve not long welcomed our first grandchild so she might have other plans!”

Ty Gobaith Area Fundraiser Andy Everley said, “Eddie is such a wonderful supporter. We can’t wait to cheer him on when he passes by Tŷ Gobaith, and we’re looking forward to following his progress on his @eddiescycles Instagram account too.

“We rely on sponsorship from passionate fundraisers taking part in fantastic feats to provide vital respite care and support for local children with life-threatening conditions, and their families. A huge thank you to Eddie and all his supporters.”

To support Eddie and his fundraising ride please click here.