The Old Farts Cycling Club is raising funds and awareness of three great causes. We aim to cycle from Cardiff to Tenby, a distance of about 115 miles (avoiding motorways & dual carriageways). The club is unique in that although it's open to everyone to join, the majority of members are the wrong side of 50 and past their physical peak shall we say. This cycle ride represents an immense physical challenge for all of them! Indeed most haven't been on a bike since childhood.
The first cause is on behalf of Ross Taylor and his family; his dad John Taylor (ex St. Joe's and St. Peter's player), his mum Lynne and his sister Megan. Ross is 20 years old and suffers from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. This is a rare recessive form of muscular dystrophy, affecting around 1 in 3,600 boys, which results in muscle degeneration.
The disorder is caused by a mutation in the genes and whilst both sexes can carry the mutation, females are rarely affected.
It would be great to be able to send Ross on a holiday of a lifetime. Ross can't fly any more, so a cruise would be a fantastic break for the family. If there is anything left over it would go direct to the Duchenne family support group.
The Second cause we would like to support is the charity, THRIVE on behalf of Mackenzie Foley and his family. His father Marc (ex st joes player) mother Lynne & brother Nathan.
Without Thrive, children with learning difficulties would not have the chance to play and develop, as a lack of public awareness and understanding prevents them from accessing mainstream recreational activities. The charity does it's very best to ensure that these children don’t miss out on the things that other children perhaps take for granted and also supports the families who often feel isolated and short of care and understanding.
The third and final cause is on behalf of Cath Simpson whose father is ex stalwart Steve cooper (St. Peter's) and mum is Cerys.
Cath has recently developed motor neurone disease. - we will be donating the money to the charity, MNDA
MND is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that attacks the upper and lower motor neurones.
Degeneration of the motor neurones leads to weakness and wasting of muscles, causing increasing loss of mobility in the limbs, and difficulties with speech, swallowing and breathing.
The muscles first affected tend to be those in the hands, feet and mouth, dependent on which type of the disease you are diagnosed with.
MND does not usually affect the senses (sight, sound, touch) or the bladder and bowel. Some people may experience changes in thinking and behaviour, often referred to as cognitive impairment, but only a few will experience severe cognitive change.
The effects of MND can vary enormously from person to person, from the presenting symptoms, and the rate and pattern of the disease progression, to the length of survival time after diagnosis.
FINALLY ALL THE MONIES RAISED WILL BE SPLIT EQUALLY THROGH ALL THREE CAUSES