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Rod returns for adventure fundraising drive across Wales

A serial fundraiser from Shropshire is continuing his epic drive to keep two air ambulance charities flying with two new challenges this month.

Rod Evans, from St Martin’s near Oswestry, is a long-term supporter of Wales Air Ambulance and Midlands Air Ambulance, two lifesaving helicopter charities which cover his home on the Welsh-English border.

Rod will take on Europe’s longest zip line in Bethesda, travelling across Penrhyn Quarry at speeds of over 100 miles per hour.

The second part of the challenge, an off-road cycle ride from North to South Wales, begins on Monday 9th October near Betws y Coed. Rod will visit Wales Air Ambulance’s Caernarfon base at the end of the first day’s ride. Four days and 300 miles later, his journey will come to a close at the charity’s head office in Dafen, Llanelli.

Travelling primarily over Wales’ difficult mountainous terrain, Rod will be making use of the best mountain bike tracks in the country. Visiting areas such as Beddgelert, Llandegla and the Brecon Beacons, the 39-year-old must negotiate some of the more testing regions that Wales Air Ambulance crews face daily.

Having raised over £1,000 for the charity since 2013, Rod said: “Wales Air Ambulance has helped so many people and I want to support them as much as I can.”

South Wales fundraising manager Mark Stevens added: “As a cycling enthusiast myself, I’m really looking forward to welcoming Rod to our Dafen headquarters at the end of his gruelling challenge.

“Over the past four years, he has cycled more than 1,000 miles to raise money for us, and it is dedication from people just like Rod that keeps our helicopters in the air and saving lives.”

To donate and help Rod reach his target of £2,000, please visit http://bit.ly/RodEvans.

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