A MOTORBIKE group from Conwy raised more than £1,000 for an organisation providing support to the NHS after taking part in a UK-wide charity ride.

‘Two Wheels Only North Wales’ have so far raised £1,200 from their ride from the A55’s Junction 11 in Bangor to Bala Lake on Sunday, September 19 in aid of for ‘Awyr Las’, a NHS charity based in North Wales.

As part of the ‘NHS Ride of Thanks’, which finally took place after being repeatedly postponed due to COVID-19, roughly 100 riders started at Junction 11, went through Ogwen Valley, Betws-y-Coed, up through Dolwyddelan to Blaenau Ffestiniog, before having a pit stop at the Lakeside Café in Bleanau and finishing up at Bala Lake.

Gareth Lloyd, who founded the group in 2015 and rode his red Triumph Sprint ST 1050 on Sunday, said: “It went well. We had probably just more than 100 people turn up, and managed to raise £1,200, which was good.

“£405 of that was on the JustGiving page that I set up, we had a £250 cheque from Anglesey bikers, and the rest of it we collected on the day.

“It was good; the weather was a bit rubbish to start, and I think if the weather had been better, we’d have had a better turnout, to be honest. But it cheered up later on, so we did OK.”

‘Two Wheels Only North Wales’ host a ‘bike night’ on Tuesday evenings at Conwy Quay (Cayley Promenade for the time being due to the road closure on the quay), and have been involved in many other fundraiser events in the past.

Their next is set to be during Easter of next year, when they will embark on a charity ‘egg run’ with Anglesey riders.

You can still add to their total from Sunday’s bike ride by visiting: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/two-wheels-only-north-wales.

Awyr Las provides equipment and services for patients in hospitals and communities across North Wales, from small items like comfortable chairs to technology for the cancer, stroke and special care baby units.

For more information, visit their website at: www.awyrlas.org.uk.

To join the ‘Two Wheels Only North Wales’ Facebook page, which now boasts more than 2,000 members, visit: www.facebook.com/groups/1679423612280392.