Coronavirus: Welsh farmer, 91, raises thousands for NHS

A 91-year-old Welsh farmer has raised thousands of pounds for the NHS after walking around his bungalow 91 times on his birthday.

Rhythwyn Evans, who lives near Lampeter, in Ceredigion, said he was inspired by retired British Army captain Tom Moore, who has raised more than £23m for the NHS to help beat the coronavirus epidemic.

Mr Evans completed 91 laps of the perimeter of his bungalow on Saturday (18 April). He got up at 7.30am to complete his personal challenge and finished at 5.30pm, cheered on by neighbours, who kept a safe distance.

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The grandfather, who used a walking stick for his challenge, was asked what he was aiming to do next. He replied: “A good night’s sleep!”

On his JustGiving page, his family said: “He had an unforgettable day last year as family, neighbours and friends came along to celebrate a very special milestone.

“Things are different this year, and so, to mark his 91st birthday, he would like to give something back to the community.”

Rhythwyn Evans and his wife walking around bungalow

Rhythwyn Evans and his wife © Hywel Dda Health Charities

Target smashed

Mr Evans has smashed his original target of £1,000 and, according to his JustGiving page, on Monday (20 April) had raised more than £31,000.

The money will go towards his local health board, Hywel Dda, to show his gratitude for the “outstanding work of workers in these extremely challenging times”.

His family said in a statement: “Wow – in awe of the sum raised for the Hywel Dda Health Board. It is a privilege to be able to do something that will benefit the NHS workers who are helping to fight Covid-19.

“Rhythwyn and his family would like to give an enormous thank-you to all who have supported.”

A spokesperson for Hywel Dda Health Charities said: “Thank you, Mr Evans, from everyone at Hywel Dda. You are an inspiration and we are extremely grateful for every single donation that has been made today to support your fundraising efforts #makingadifference.”

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