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Wrexham man’s Evel Knievel motorbike challenge collects £95,000 for charity

In 2012 Jason Lewis from Coedpoeth near Wrexham set out to raise some money for Macmillan, after a member of his family had been ill.

Fundraising was going well, but he thought the event lacked an element of fun – and that’s when the ‘Cymru Knievels’ were born.

The 44 year old has been at the helm of the event ever since.

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We’re here to help people that are in a difficult place and it’s just great to be fit and healthy enough to go out there and help people that unfortunately can’t get out there and do these things themselves

– JASON LEWIS, RIDE CYMRU

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Since 2015 motorcyclists from all across the UK join once a year for ‘Ride Cymru’ a 1,070 mile around the perimeter of Wales, mostly on back roads, to raise funds.

Each motorcyclist must be sponsored and to date their efforts have raised £95,000.

Jason says the camaraderie is special and lasting friendships are made every year, but sometimes the group does get mistaken for another famous face.

Unfortunately we find a lot of people under 40 think we’re Elvis Presley; people over 40 immediately know who we are we’re Evel Knievel.

A lot of people think it’s going to be a jolly a lot of people think in their ignorance that yeah you’re going for a ride around Wales what’s that a couple of days but it’s actually a 1,070 miles – 250 miles further than Land’s End to John o’ Groats.

– JASON LEWIS, WREXHAM

Jason says the event has grown in popularity over the past few years.

In 2019 it attracted over 60 Cymru Knievels and even broke a world record for the largest gathering of Knievels ever recorded – something Jason is extremely proud of.

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Jason is one of four people in Wales to be nominated and shortlisted for the Pride of Britain Fundraiser Award.

The award honours individuals who’ve really made a difference to others through their creative or tireless fundraising efforts.

One of the four shortlisted will be crowned Wales’ Fundraiser of the Year 2019 and will attend the star-studded awards ceremony in London at the end of October, where they could be in with a chance to win the overall UK Fundraiser 2019 award.

Last year’s Wales winner was 31-year-old Josh Llewellyn-Jones, who raised over £80,000 to help children living with Cystic Fibrosis.

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