A Cardiff nextbiker is using the city’s bike share scheme to pedal his way to pounds for a Welsh charity this weekend.
University student, Ieuan Davies, who uses nextbikes daily as part of his regular commute, is embarking on a ride to raise funds for homelessness charity, Llamau.
Ieuan, a 25-year-old PhD student at Cardiff University, is undertaking in the Carten 100 event on Saturday (April 27), which will see him ride 100 miles from Cardiff to Tenby and back in a day. “The event is very well known and well respected in Cardiff, and I wanted to do something good,” said Ieuan. “I wanted to do this for homelessness charity Llamau and thought it would be a great way of showing people what a nextbike can do and to promote sustainable travel.” Ieuan added: “Cardiff has really embraced it which is great to see. I don’t bother with a car anymore.”
Nextbike UK MD, Krysia Solheim said she was proud to be a part of the Cardiff community’s fundraising efforts.
“We are thrilled to see one of our customers using the service for charitable actions. Community has always been the very core of our Cardiff scheme, from local consultations on station locations to our ambassador programme. Nextbike members who go out of their way to support not only us, but well deserving charities, make us very proud.
“Our Cardiff scheme is the biggest in the UK with over 35,000 customers who have clocked up 537,925km on their journeys. The scheme will be celebrating its first anniversary in the city next month and we have been truly floored by the support Cardiff Council and the people of Cardiff have given us. “We wish Ieuan the best of luck on his ride.”
Fiona Hawthorn, Corporate & Community Fundraiser at Llamau said that the charity was ‘absolutely thrilled’ to hear of Ieuan’s plans. She said: “We love the idea that Ieuan wanted to do something out of the ordinary to draw attention to his fundraising for Llamau, and to help end homelessness for young people and women in Wales. We can’t wait to see him at the finish line.”