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Most people wouldn't contemplate cycling from Machynlleth to Newtown, but at 30 miles this is barely 2% of the distance which local man, Philip Thomas is planning to travel to raise money for the Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust!

From the 1st April to the 10th May Philip cycled from Thessaloniki (Greece) to Tallinn (Estonia) a distance of nearly 2000 miles, to help save his favourite childhood playground, Dolforwyn Woods Nature Reserve. This is the equivalent of ten times round the Montgomeryshire boundary or twice round the circumference of Wales (Wales Coast Path & Offa's Dyke Path)!

Using his long distance cycling experience, Philip hopes to raise at least a £1 for every mile for the Trust’s campaign to purchase Dolforwyn Woods. MWT currently leases the woodland but if the funds cannot be found to purchase the site it could be sold and used for commercial purposes. The nature reserve is a community wood used by local people for walking, horse riding and picnics, as well as being a haven for wildlife species such as Hazel Dormice and Herb Paris.

Philip had a GPS tracker with him, so check out the route on his blog:

To sponsor Philip's mammoth cycling attempt, choose from one of the donation options below:

  • Online via PayPal, click 'Donate' below: PLEASE CLICK ON THE TINY BLUE 'Comments' TEXT ON THE PAYPAL PAGE AND WRITE 'WOODS BIKE RIDE' IN THE BOX, BEFORE SUBMITTING YOUR PAYMENT (NB - you do not need a PayPal account to use this option)

  • Via Vodafone JustTextGiving; simply text Mont03 and your chosen amount to 70070.

  • Write a cheque payable to 'Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust' and send to Dolforwyn Bike Ride, Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust, 42 Broad Street, Welshpool, Powys, SY21 7RR

  • Pop in to the office and part with your cash, making it clear that you wish to sponsor Philip.

For further information, check out Philip's blog (link above), Facebook: Philip89Thomas or Twitter: @philip89thomas.

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