Coastal ride in memory of Haydn Griffiths to raise funds for RNLI

In July 2022, on the hottest day ever recorded in the UK, Haydn Griffiths, a strong swimmer, tragically drowned whilst swimming off New Brighton Beach.

After five days of searching by the RNLI and coastguard, his body was recovered.

In July 2024, two years on from the incident, Nick Devereux, Sarah Jarman, and Alex Hughes will be cycling the coast of Wales over seven days; a total of 530 miles.

The group will start in Chepstow and ride from the south to the north along the coast, finishing at New Brighton. The ride includes a total ascent equivalent to climbing Mount Everest and then descending it again. For this challenge, they are aiming to raise £5,000 for the RNLI.

Haydn was a nature lover and enjoyed being exposed to the elements. He enjoyed open-water swimming, skateboarding, mountain biking, snowboarding, and sailing; to which he competed at an international level. He had a can-do attitude and no matter the result, he would always come away with a smile on his face and always knew how to lighten the mood.

This challenge was set by Nick Devereux in memory of Haydn whilst trying to encompass his personality into taking himself outside of his comfort zone, both physically and mentally.

The ride will be a physical challenge to complete, as some of the group are not particularly sporty anymore nor have they done any proper cycling before.

The group said, “Too many people are still drowning. More than ever we need the RNLI’s help. As a charity, the RNLI depends on our donations so it can go on saving lives and keeping us and our loved ones safe.

“RNLI lifesavers are our lifeline. They’re the lifeboat crews who provide 24-hour search and rescue right around the UK and Ireland. The lifeguards keeping watch on 240 of the busiest beaches in the UK and Channel Islands. And the RNLI safety teams and educators working tirelessly to stop people getting into trouble in the first place.”

To keep up to date with the team’s fundraising and to make a donation, please visit their JustGiving page.

Image: Haydn Griffiths/Family handout

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