RETIRED farmer Rhythwyn Evans is thrilled that his 91 laps around his bungalow on his 91st birthday have raised a phenomenal £51,300 for Hywel Dda NHS staff.
When grandfather-of-eight Rhythwyn embarked on his challenge back in April, he set himself the modest fundraising target of £500!
But his story captured the heart of communities, locally and as far afield as America and New Zealand, and the donations just came flooding in.
Rhythwyn, his wife Gwyneth, 86, and their family can’t get over how much has been raised and want to thank everyone for their generosity.
Living in a bungalow at Silian, near Lampeter, next to the family farm where he grew up and spent his working life, Rhythwyn said he was so pleased to have raised such a large amount for the NHS.
“I’m lucky I’m in pretty good health, fairly strong and I eat like a horse, so I was able to do the 91 laps around the bungalow without any real problems on my birthday. I took my time and did it in stages, starting at 7am.
“I was inspired by the efforts of Army veteran Sir Tom Moore and wanted to say thank you to the NHS locally for all they do. They have been through so much in recent months.
“I can’t believe how much has been raised. It’s absolutely amazing.”
What a difference a year makes. Last year, Rhythwyn had an unforgettable birthday. For his 90th he had over 100 visitors, as family, neighbours and friends came along to celebrate his special day with an afternoon tea.
This year he was in isolation but wanted to mark the day by giving something back and he certainly did that!
Hywel Dda Health Charities said they were incredibly grateful to Rhythwyn and everyone who donated. This money will make a huge difference to local NHS workers.
The head of the charity, Nicola Llewelyn, said:
“What a fantastic amount of money to raise. We can’t thank Rhythwyn enough for his thoughtfulness and his huge effort of doing 91 laps on his birthday, which was almost three miles.
“This money will make such a difference. Items currently being purchased to support staff well-being include furniture, equipment and refreshments for staff restrooms; outdoor furniture for staff break times; wash kits and resources for staff working in community settings.”