On the 22 November 2017, Nick Thomas-Symonds MP completed the #516 challenge to raise awareness for Bowel Cancer UK and Motor Neurone Disease.

Designed to encourage cross training, participants can engage in all forms of self-propelling disciplines such as walking, running, swimming or rowing.  Mr. Thomas-Symonds chose to run the 516 kilometres necessary to complete the challenge a month before the deadline of December 31st.

When discussing the achievement, Mr. Thomas-Symonds said: ‘I am thrilled to have completed the 516 challenge and thoroughly enjoyed pushing myself to run the 516 kilometres required to complete it. The #516 challenge was designed to raise awareness and money for Bowel Cancer and MND, both are charities that I feel passionately about and indeed have supported for many years, and the work that Mary Davies does for this cause is highly commendable.’

Mary Davies, the co-Founder of the #516 challenge commented:

‘We are extremely proud that Nick Thomas-Symonds MP has taken part in our challenge and even more so that he has achieved his goal! The work of the 516 challenge team is to raise awareness and money for MNDA and Bowel Cancer UK, and with Nicks help, we are achieving this goal. Every mile/km makes a difference and every participant can be instrumental in changing the outcomes for those diagnosed in the future! Well done Nick! We hope you will return next year!’

Head of Public Fundraising for Bowel Cancer UK, Sarah Weber, said, ‘Every year nearly 16,000 people die from bowel cancer, making it the second biggest cancer killer in the UK. Without people like Nick doing amazing fundraising events like this, Bowel Cancer UK couldn’t continue to do vital life-saving work and improve the quality of life for all those affected by bowel cancer.’

The Motor Neurone Disease Association stated:

‘The MND Association would like to say a huge thank you to Nick Thomas-Symonds for helping to support our vital work by taking part in the year-long #516Challenge organised by one of our Supporters, Mary Davies. His commitment, not only to running 516 miles in 2017, but also to helping raise awareness of the vital work we do in the Wales community is incredibly appreciated and we cannot thank him enough for the support he has shown us. The funds he has raised will go a long way in helping us to support the 199 people currently living with MND in Wales, with 132 of those residing in South Wales’

You can donate towards the #516 challenge until 31st December 2017, to support this cause you can donate through Virgin Money here.

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