A team of 5 cyclists who cycled 190 miles from Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor to the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, have raised over £3,000 for Alaw Ward, in memory of their friend Melanie Jones, from Maesgerichen, who died earlier this year after a two year battle against bowel cancer.

The team of cyclists included Dave Roberts, Craig Roberts, Richard Roberts, Tom Davies and Gareth Roberts with a support van is being driven by Danny Wade, completed the bike ride in July.

The Ride for Mel team visited Alaw Ward earlier this week to present the cheque £3,111.03. Nursing Sister Sara Hardy, form Alaw Ward, said: “This will make a huge difference to the patients on Alaw, and I would like to congratulate them on the fantastic bike ride challenge.”

A spokesperson for the team added: “From the moment we heard the terrible news that Mel would soon not be with us, we all wanted to do something. Anything we could! Just to try and raise even a small amount of positivity to a desperately sad situation. No one ever said it out loud (as typical with men!) but we all knew what the others were thinking.

“We knew it was going to be tough for a group of non-cyclists but that’s exactly why we did it. It needed to be something worthy of the memory of Mel and honouring the incredible work that Alaw ward do.

“Being back on the ward this week reminded a us of how, when we were going through a very difficult period in our lives, the nurses on the ward were able to support us and make our loved ones as comfortable as possible.

“In truth they can never be thanked or rewarded enough for what they do every single day. That thought extends to all the nurses, doctors and support staff of the NHS.

“We are incredibly grateful to everyone who sponsored and supported us. We have raised well over three thousand pounds and we’re confident that the money will go towards supporting NHS staff and other families in the future. Diolch o’r galon.”

Melanie Jones from Bangor