Geraint Davies

Geraint Davies

Coast to Coast & Down South

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Total raised so far£0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Target£0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p][b][u]The Challenge[/u][/b][/p][p]On the 28th May 2021 I’ll be setting off from Great Yarmouth on a 455.5 mile bikepacking journey that will take me from Coast to Coast arriving in Aberystwyth by day 3. I’ll then set off along the West Wales coast arriving at Mumbles Pier in Swansea by the end of day 5! I’ll spend all day riding and then each evening I’ll be visiting rugby clubs and delivering rugby sessions for mini’s, juniors, colts, and seniors, all in aid of raising much needed funds for Brain Tumour Research and My Name’5 Doddie Foundation.[/p][p][br][/p][p][b][u]So, why am I doing it?[/u][/b][/p][p]On 23rd April 2019 my big brother, Mark Davies, passed away following a 13 year battle with a brain tumour. He was a massive Neath, Ospreys, and Wales rugby fan and held a season ticket for both Neath and the Ospreys. He was also a season ticket holder at the Swans. A heavy metal fan from birth, Mark loved Iron Maiden and travelled all over the UK and Europe either watching bands or as a roadie, which he loved! In October 2005, at 30 years old, he had a knock to the head during a rugby match and had a seizure on the pitch. He was rushed to hospital and received a routine scan as would ordinarily be done after a trauma to the head. They found the brain tumour when they did routine scans and Mark was left severely epileptic after this and took many years to get the seizures under control so he could have a life. He went straight back to work as soon as they’d stabilised him. They monitored the tumour every 3 months for 2 years and identified it as a grade 2 glioma based on its rate of growth.[/p][p][br][/p][p]He lost his eyesight in March 2013 after a biopsy, which they only did because he was losing his eyesight anyway and they wanted to see if chemotherapy would maybe work by using genetic markers to identify the tumour type. It was confirmed to be a grade 2 glioma that was incurable and would unlikely respond to chemo. He went through 6 rounds of chemo anyway in the hope it would prevent the further progression of the tumour (this left him infertile). Then he slipped down only one step of stairs and broke his leg October 2015 as his bones were very weak after chemo. He spent 7 months in hospital before going to Awel y mor nursing home in May 2016. He went through good and bad patches during that time and by April 2019 it was clear that we were losing him. His parents, 4 brothers, sister, nieces and nephews visited him and stayed with him day and night in his last days. While he was slipping away, I held his hand and told him not to be scared and that he was going to be a better place. A place where he could see again, where he could walk, swim and listen to Iron Maiden all day long. Seeing my brother, my brave and beautiful brother, take his last breath is not something that I have or ever will come to terms with.[/p][p][br][/p][p]A year after Mark passed away, one of the pupils at my school who I taught both PE and rugby to, lost his battle with a brain tumour. Tom Ellis was bright, cheerful, amazingly tenacious and incredibly well loved; we lost him to a brain tumour aged only 15. His diagnosis came completely out of the blue and followed a CT scan investigating a suspected concussion after a rugby match in November 2018.[/p][p]He completed 5 surgeries in total - 4 on his brain and 1 on a secondary tumour in his spine - endured 7 rounds of chemotherapy and 3 debilitating sets of radiotherapy - the only thing that had any effect on his tumour. Tom's focus throughout all of this was School, attending school as often as he could and 'being normal' with his friends. Unfortunately, the tumour was too aggressive, he finally lost his fight in June 2020 at Rainbows Hospice. He is and always will be sorely missed by his family and friends.[/p][p][br][/p][p]My aim is to raise at least £5,000 and I’d like to do as much as I can to prevent other families from suffering as we have done. I’m looking for sponsorship for the event, which no matter how big or small will help to make the trip a success. I am doing it as an independent fundraiser and doing the organising myself, so anything you can contribute would be highly appreciated[/p][p][br][/p][p]Thank you,[/p][p][br][/p][p]Geraint, the Davies family, and the Ellis family. [/p]

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Jul 26, 2021

John Barker

Hi Geraint, Huge apologies for not completing this sooner. So glad to hear it went well; I hope you really enjoyed it, too! Very happy to be supporting this cause. See you around again soon! John

£15.00

plus £3.75 Gift Aid


Jul 9, 2021

Simon A

An amazing achievement and a fantastic cause. Glad to contribute.

£20.00

plus £5.00 Gift Aid


Jul 7, 2021

Anonymous

£20.00

plus £5.00 Gift Aid


Jun 21, 2021

Abercastle boat owners association

£100.00


Jun 21, 2021

Marie


Jun 14, 2021

Cat Barnes

£20.00

plus £5.00 Gift Aid


Jun 12, 2021

Kate Bamfield

What an awesome effort Geraint! Congratulations on completing it X

£10.00

plus £2.50 Gift Aid


Jun 11, 2021

Oadby Wyggs

Many thanks, for the evening you spent training at the Wyggs.

£200.00


Jun 10, 2021

The Roberts family

Well done - a very worthwhile cause.

£15.00

plus £3.75 Gift Aid


Jun 10, 2021

Ellen A

I meant to do this sooner, but WELL DONE on completing the ride and well done for planning and doing this in the first place :)

£10.00

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