A cycling hero returned to Cardiff last Sunday having competed in his own Olympic challenge.
Beginning in Athens nearly three weeks ago, Malcolm raised over £6000 for Amelia Trust Farm, Barry. This working farm, set in 160 acres of countryside in the Vale of Glamorgan, offers a calming and therapeutic environment for vulnerable and disadvantaged young people. Through fun and work based activities, young people are empowered to participate, learn new skills and develop potential.
Malcolm’s fitness and endurance were tested to the limit. Attacks by stray dogs in Greece, non-existent cycle paths, the departure of two team members due to ill health in Italy and soaring temperatures would have tested the most elite of athletes, but Malcolm kept on pedalling.
On day 12 of his ordeal, Malcolm blogged: “Still in Lugano. Last night’s hills wiped me out. No sleep. Can't face sitting on the saddle. I will refuel and head for the Alps later on. Everywhere hurts but I still feel positive.”
Malcolm’s determination to finish the challenge and get back stemmed from a firm belief in Amelia Trust’s vision.
“Preparation for long-term independence is key for a successful transition to adulthood. The money raised by this cycle challenge will help build an Independent Living Centre (ILC) at Amelia Trust Farm, as part of a project to teach crucial life skills to disadvantaged young people.
"Areas such as budgeting, household management, healthy living, and social skills will form the core syllabus; as well as education and any additional training necessary for living in the community and participating in community activities.”
With its Methodist background, the Amelia Trust Farm was created in 1991 after a donation by local benefactors Bob and Ethel Huggard and a vision shared by founder Rev John Stacy-Marks with a group of volunteers who formed the Council of Management.
To help meet the £10 000 target, please text “AMEL14 £5” to 70070 or donate online via www.ameliatrust.org.uk