Loughor man raises £1,105 for Morriston Hospital's Burns Unit which treated his best friend
A SWANSEA cyclist has taken part in a charity bike ride following a serious accident to his best mate — and raised more than £1,000 for the hospital where he was treated.
Peter Rees, 44, from Loughor, stepped into his best mate's cycling shoes and raised £1,105 for the Burns Unit at Morriston Hospital.
His friend Duncan Davies, 51, from Gowerton, suffered an accident in June last year and was rushed to the Burns Unit at Morriston Hospital.
He had 66 per cent burns to his body and was critically ill for a time.
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During a hospital visit, Duncan spoke to Peter about the Gower bike ride and the fact he would not be able to take part this year, and Peter could see his friend was upset.
It was on the short journey home from the hospital that Peter decided to take up the bike challenge, not thinking of the consequences.
This started a huge challenge for Peter, who had not ridden a bike since he was young.
Peter said: "Seeing my big mate lying in the hospital bed critically ill was heartbreaking.
"I really wanted to do something positive, raise his spirits and money for the Burns Unit at the Hospital. It was a crazy idea, but I was determined to raise some money.
"So I gave up smoking, bought a bike and started training. With only seven weeks to the race I really had to work hard."
Duncan's wife, Stella Davies, added: "Duncan was very ill, I just took one day at a time.
"But with the clinical expertise, support and care from the doctors and nurses at the Burns Unit, Duncan has made an excellent recovery, a recovery I'd never thought he would be able to make.
"I want to thank everyone who works with Peter and Duncan and donated, also to Peter for taking part in the bike ride. He is such a great, supportive friend to Duncan and me."
Clare Baker, lead plastic surgery nurse at the unit, said: "It's great to see Duncan again. He looks very well and I heard that he is back on his bike training.
"I can't thank Peter enough for his hard work; the money will be used to purchase a Sara Plus Standing Aid.
"It's the same chair that Duncan used as part of his rehabilitation when he was in the burns unit."