Dalmatian Bike Ride has raised more than £176,000 for St David's Hospice Care

DALMATIANS dropped in to the St David’s Hospice Care café in Newport to launch their 2018 charity bike ride. Te annual Dalmatian Bike Ride has raised a staggering £176,748 in just six years for Newport- based St David’s Hospice Care. Te event raised a

Te Acorn Dalmatian Bike Ride has raised a total of £176,000 over six years leſt to right Gemma Sandhu, of

St David’s Hospice

Care, and Mike Mahoney, Dave Rees, Lee Holmes, Robin McHugh, Ian Humphries, of the Dalmatian Bike Ride.

Essex care provider acquires Rhondda Cynon Taf care home

Essex care provider, Hallmark Care Homes has acquired Ty Porth, a former Embrace Group care home in Rhondda Cynon Taf. Ty Porth Care Home on Cemetery Road, becomes the 17th member to

join the Hallmark family of

homes and will represent a proud addition to the industry-leading care organisation that currently provides residential, dementia and nursing care to over 1000 people across England and South Wales. The sale of Ty Porth,


provides care to 80 residents and has a compliant CSSIW rating was handled by Christie & Co and received significant interest from other care operators.


Hallmark Care Homes, Managing Director,

Avnish to Goyal delivering

“Ty Porth Care Home is an excellent care home that shares Hallmark Care Homes’ values and commitment


quality relationship-centred care. “We are delighted that Ty Porth has joined the Hallmark family of homes and we look forward to getting to know the residents, team members, friends and relatives in the coming weeks.” Martin Gould, Head of Brokerage for Care at Christie & Co said: “Ty Porth was marketed

via a

confidential campaign and received significant interest from a variety of operators. We’re delighted Hallmark Care Homes have

acquired the business, said: further

expanding their presence in Wales where they have been operating for 20 years. The sale reflects the demand in Wales for care homes with strong occupancy levels that serve the local community well. We wish Hallmark all the best with their new acquisition.” Hallmark Care Homes is a multi- award-winning care provider established in 1997 with 17 care homes across England and Wales. Hallmark Care Homes’ registered nurses

and trained carers information please are

highly qualified and take pride in delivering excellent standards of relationship-centred care. For further

visit Advertiser New Homes

muscle-straining £42,771 in 2017. Te charity bike ride, which this year features four routes including the iconic ‘limited edition’ Brecon to Newport canal route and a new 58-mile route, is supported by Newport-based multi- specialist recruitment and training agency, Acorn. Te Brecon to Newport and Caerleon route, 45 miles along the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal towpath, is limited to an entry of just 200 pre-registered riders. Included for 2018 is a Strava monitored King of the Mountain section at Parc Seymour, near Caldicot. Tis year’s Dalmatian Bike Ride, which has involved more than 1,500 riders since it was first staged in 2012, is on Saturday 9 June. Event organiser and keen cyclist Dave Rees, from St Julian’s, Newport, said: “It’s quite phenomenal what we’ve managed to achieve over the past six years by staging the Dalmatian Bike Ride. We now only need to raise another £75,000 to reach the magical quarter of a million pound milestone and I hope we go some way to achieving that target in 2018. “We are delighted to link up once more with Acorn as sponsor for the Dalmatian Bike Ride for 2018.” Dave and colleagues started the bike ride following the death of his father in law, John Dixon, who had been cared for in his last days at St Anne’s Hospice, Newport. “We were astounded to

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know that the marvellous care that John received was completely free. We found out how much it would have cost to care for a patient such as John and set out to repay that cost, £2,500, which is how the Dalmatian ride came about. In the event we actually raised £10,000 in the first year.” But why was the name Dalmatian chosen? Dave said: “Well, aſter the first year, we decided we wanted to make the ride an annual event, make it bigger with 100 riders taking part and tried to think of a catchy name. One of the people taking part suggested we should have 101 riders so naturally it became known from then on as the Dalmatian bike ride.” Gemma Sandhu, of St David’s Hospice Care, said: “We’re so very grateful to Te Acorn Dalmatian Bike Ride for supporting us so brilliantly each year.” Te cost per rider has been held at £20 per person which includes an event Tech Tee shirt however riders can pay an extra £15 and receive a full cycle top. Tere will be a barbeque at the end of the ride at Te Priory Hotel garden in Caerleon which will be attended by Cruella De Ville and her Dalmatians. Riders can register online at www. s tdavidshospicecare. or or by visiting www. For more details contact Dave Rees at dave. or call Gemma Carter at St David’s Hospice Care on 01633 851051

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