Shropshire Fundraiser Takes On Three Epic Challenges

Cyclist Rod Evans, from North Shropshire, who has been fundraising for charity for 15 years, has taken on three ‘epic challenges’ to raise vital funds for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity and Wales Air Ambulance Charity. 

Rod who is from St Martin’s, suffers from type 1 diabetes, but that hasn’t prevented him from completing the three gruelling challenges. Rod has cycled 400 miles across Wales, climbed Mount Snowdon and taken on speeds of up to 100mph in the world’s fastest zip wire challenge, all to raise funds for the two charities.  

Rod Evans explains: “My nan always used to donate to the air ambulance charities, so in 2014, for what would have been her 100th birthday, I decided to cycle 100 miles to raise funds in her memory. I enjoyed it so much that I organised ‘Rod’s Tour of Wales’ last year, cycling another 250 miles across the county.

“This year, I wanted to take it one step further and the three ‘epic challenges‘ have helped me to raise further vital funds.”  

Maria Jones, fundraising manager for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity in Shropshire, adds: “With no Government or National Lottery funding, every mission undertaken by Midlands Air Ambulance Charity is funded solely by donations from the public. To date, Rod has raised over £1,100 for the charity which has funded lifesaving equipment for future air ambulance missions.” 

After being made redundant earlier this year, Rod started his own business, ‘A Mere Cycle Hire’ in North Shropshire, combining work with his love of cycling, and has recently been nominated for ‘best fundraiser’ in the Oswestry Advertizer Business and Community awards for recognition of his charity fundraising. 

Rod’s Virgin Money Giving page  



Missions completed since 1991: 50,563 | On average we airlift a child every four days | Road traffic collisions make up around 35% of the incidents we attend | The service airlifts on average four horse riders each week.