‘Ride for MND’ charity bike ride raises over £115k
The industry has gathered in support of a fundraising bike ride in aid of the MND (Motor Neurone Disease) charity, My Name’5 Doddie. The ride saw Davy Zyw of Berry Bros. & Rudd, himself an MND sufferer, successfully complete the North Coast 500 in Scotland in only four days and raise a huge £115,000. Davy has also been awarded the Points of Light Award by the Prime Minister's office. The daily award recognises outstanding individual volunteers - people who are making a change in their community.
Davy Zyw and Team
Liberty Wines Sales Director Tom Platt completed the challenge alongside Davy, Davy’s twin Tommy Zyw, their brother Sorley, and friends Craig Paul, Dan Elswood, Malcolm Holwill, and Ryan Brennan, who all took on the epic 500-mile route around the most beautiful, dramatic and remote corners of Scotland, which includes over 10,000 metres of hills to climb - the equivalent height of Mount Everest.
Davy with Tom Platt
Two years since his MND diagnosis, Davy wanted to help drive awareness of this life-shattering disease and do his bit to help find a cure when, as he put it, “I still have power in my legs, lead in my pencil and enough grip in my hands to hold my handlebars”.
Tom with Davy and Tommy Zyw
The funds raised will go to My Name'5 Doddie, a charity started by Scottish rugby legend Doddie Weir who was diagnosed with the condition just before Davy. His charity does amazing work promoting awareness and funding research for a cure with the MND Association and MND Scotland, including the new MND-SMART drug trials which have just started.
The team have far exceeded their initial target of £5,000, but you can still donate online here https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/mnd500. To read more about quite what an incredible feat it is, visit their website www.rideformnd.uk.
Davy and Tom