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Eisteddfod Cycle Challenge funds WAA missions

The Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol cycled 300 miles in the Urdd Eisteddfod show grounds, in support of Wales Air Ambulance.

Ambassadors from Coleg Cymraeg cycled a huge distance on a static bike at the Urdd Eisteddfod in Bridgend in May, in aid of the Welsh helicopter charity.

The college aimed to cycle the distance between Welsh universities, covering 300 miles.

Over 21 supporters joined in the on the challenge, each conquering a portion of their target, while collecting donations for Wales Air Ambulance.

Lowri Bulman, Marketing and Communications Officer, said: “The challenge is 300 miles in total, and shows the cooperation between universities.

“We checked will all the ambassador which charity they wanted to raise money for, and everyone wanted to support Wales Air Ambulance.”

The charity is the only air ambulance service dedicated to serving Wales, completing over 26,000 missions since it launched on St David’s Day in 2001.

Every year the Wales Air Ambulance charity needs to raise £6.5million every year to funds its operations, with each lifesaving mission costing around £1,500.

Catrin Hall, WAA Community Coordinator, said: “We would like to say a huge thank you to Coleg Cymraeg for their outstanding support.

“They cycled 300 miles, the distance between every university in Wales, to raise donations for us.

“Their cycling challenge will help to keep our four helicopters flying across Wales, so that we can help the people of Wales in their hour of need.”

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