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Dual rugby legend Jonathan Davies will lead a bike ride in America in September 2018 to raise funds for Velindre Cancer Centre; universally known as Jiffy, the popular BBC presenter is President of Velindre and this will be the 3rd bike ride for the charity which is very close to his heart. In 2015 he was awarded an OBE for services to Velindre and cancer patients.

The West Coast Bike Ride is an epic 600km cycle challenge linking California’s most iconic cities San Francisco and Los Angeles. Highway 1 is famous for running along some of the most beautiful coastline in the USA, leading to its designation as an All-American Road. The challenging route traverses the movie-magic producing coast of the world, the twisting, cliff-hugging, 600 kilometre route along the nation’s most famous coast will take 6 days of riding to complete.

Jonathan said “This will be a very special trip for me and for Martyn Williams as we will be celebrating ten years of supporting Velindre. I’ve done couple of rides before and they are brilliant events, very challenging but great fun, and the camaraderie ensures everyone gets lots of support. And most importantly of all the rides raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for Velindre so that they can continue to provide excellent support for cancer patients and their families in Wales.”

The West Coast Bike Rides take place from 8 - 16 and 22 -30 September 2018, and if you would like further information please visit www.velindrefundraising.com.

Andrew Morris Head of Fundraising at Velindre said “As we are cycling to Los Angeles, the City of Angels, it seemed appropriate that the money raised should be used be used to fund Velindre’s very own Angels – our Specialist Nurses.

Being diagnosed and dealing with the effects of cancer can be a traumatic time for patients and families; our Specialist Nurses provide the highest level of supportive care when it is most needed. The time a patient first receives the diagnosis of cancer can be a

devastating time when the normality of life falls apart. To a patient, and their families, the acceptance of this news whilst at the same time being given treatment options can seem overwhelming.

Our Specialist Nurses can help to tailor the delivery of such information to the individual patient’s needs, where necessary contacting the patients outside of the busy clinical environment. Access to this one to one personalised approach to care should be available to all cancer patients and their families in Wales.

It is Velindre Cancer Centre’s aim that ALL patients have access to a named Specialist Nurse. We want to lead in the delivery and development of compassionate, individualised and effective cancer care to achieve outcomes comparable with the best in the world.

We aim to provide the best care, when people need us most.”

“A huge thank you for looking after my Dad and giving me the time to make wonderful memories that my family will never forget. He’s an angel in heaven now and you are his angels on earth.”

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