Cyclists saddle up for Charity


A group of friends have raised over £3,300 for UHNM Charity by cycling the length of Wales.

The nine cyclists completed the 200-mile ride from Cardiff to Llandudno in aid of the Renal Unit at the Royal Stoke University Hospital who have been treating friend Mike Buxton following the removal of both his kidneys.

The former roofer from Newcastle-under-Lyme is on dialysis but was able to show his support to the riders along the way.

Mike returned to the Royal Stoke with friends Paul Moss and Paul Connolly to present his cheque to Urology Consultant Mr Anurag Golash who carried out the procedure.

Mike (left) said: “I’ve always been a keen cyclist, and felt a pain whilst on a ride in 2014. After being referred to UHNM by my GP, it turned out I had a cancerous kidney so it was removed. Unfortunately, four years later the cancer returned in the other kidney so that was removed too. I’ve always wanted to do something like this, and suggested it to my friends before I was ill, but I thought now was the time to organise something to give something back to those who looked after me.”

“I can’t say thank you enough to everybody at the hospital during what was a very difficult time, they’d all gone out of their way for me. This ride has been fantastic, it’s the people who support you that are the main thing.”

Mike and the cyclists were supported by long-time friend and taxi business owner Paul Connolly (right) who supplied a mini bus for the event.

He said: “We all had a great weekend despite the weather not being the best and there being some steep climbs. The company was great and it was all for a worthy cause.”    

If you would like to fundraise for UHNM Charity visit for more information, or call 01782 676444 to speak to one of the UHNM Charity team.