Rugby club takes on 10,000 mile challenge in memory of "inspirational" volunteer


Players from Pontarddulais RFC are running, walking and cycling a total of 10,000 miles to fundraise in memory of St John Ambulance Cymru volunteer, Gerallt Davies MBE.

Gerallt volunteered for us for over 40 years and alongside helping his community, helped us develop and grow as a charity; he was also a paramedic with the Welsh Ambulance Service NHS Trust. Players and members of the club have already completed thousands of miles in stage one of this unique three stage challenge. Stage two involves another 6,332 miles — inspired by Gerallt’s paramedic pin number. With the total of 10,000 miles to be completed by the end of June.

We wanted to do something which would bring the community together and help us honour Gerallt. He gave over 20 years of first aid to our Pontarddulais senior team and this seemed like a fitting tribute to such a wonderful man. The challenge has been embraced by both players and members of our club and we’ve already seen some as young as seven with others in their sixties getting involved. It’s amazing!

Secretary for Pontarddulais RFC, Huw Thomas

The rugby club is raising vital money for St John Ambulance Cymru in memory of Gerallt who was awarded an MBE in 2019 for his service to volunteering as one of our national operations officers.

Gerallt was a passionate, caring and kind individual who was instrumental here at St John Ambulance Cyrmu giving his time and skills to help others across Wales for over 40 years. It’s wonderful to see so many people united and inspired by Gerallt and I want to thank all Pontarddulais RFC players for fundraising for St John Ambulance Cymru and wish them the best of luck with the challenge.

 St John Ambulance Cymru Director of Operations, James Shaughnessy

The club aims to raise over £2,000 to help us carry out our vital and lifesaving work in Wales. You can help Pontarddulais RFC reach their fundraising goal and support our lifesaving work by donating at:

The club’s fundraising progress can be followed on social media: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Published May 28th 2020

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