Grayson’s Ride for Vale Veterans Charity

Cycling to work might seem like a convenient way to train for a 350-mile bike ride – but it’s a tall order when your daily commute takes you over Caerphilly Mountain!

Grayson Way, Sales Consultant for red row at its De Clare Gardens development in Hendredenny, Caerphilly, joins more than 40 other cyclists to ride from Cardiff to Paris next month in aid of Barry-based veterans’ charity Woody’s Lodge.

As he usually works on weekends when most other runners are training, he supplemented his preparation for the “rather hilly” challenge by regularly running the 30-mile round trip that passes Caerphilly Mountain.

Boosted by contributions from red row and his work colleagues as well as friends and family, Grayson has so far raised over £1,200 of his £1,500 goal for the charity based at the Amelia Trust Farm on Five Mile Lane.

Woody’s Lodge is named after Royal Marine and member of the elite Special Boat Service, Paul “Woody” Woodland, of Penarth, who died during a training exercise in 2012. It provides a social center and guides veterans of the armed forces and former emergency service personnel. find the support they need to reconnect with family and community.

Riding to work seemed like a good idea at the time, as I needed to increase my uphill training as our route is quite hilly, says Grayson.

When clients come to view the development, they are stunned by the stunning views from here: over the past few weeks, especially in the hot weather, I can honestly say that I too find them breathtaking – literally!

All joking aside, I’m so thrilled to support such a worthy charity that looks after the well-being of our most heroic communities.

Sian Woodland, Co-Founder and Deputy CEO of Woody’sis a veteran herself and also participates in the cycling challenge.

Fundraising support is vital to our work from our three bases in the Vale of Glamorgan, Ceredigion and Conwy, she says.

We help Welsh veterans of all ages with the social, physical and mental health challenges they may face, whether it’s reintegrating into civilian life and living at home with their families, getting housing and managing their finances.

As with so many charities, the need continues to grow, so we are truly grateful to all of our supporters.

To learn more about the trip or to donate, please visit Grayson’s Page Just give.

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