Gavin and Stacey actor swaps coaches for bikes

Barry And District News: CHARITY EFFORT: Sgt Mark O'Shea. Steffan Rhodri and Marco Zeraschi  (7174092) CHARITY EFFORT: Sgt Mark O'Shea. Steffan Rhodri and Marco Zeraschi (7174092)

GAVIN & Stacey actor Steffan Rhodri was at Barry Island on Sunday (June 15) swapping his Dave Coaches persona to fundraise for a mammoth cycling challenge.

Steffan, best known for portraying Nessa’s fiancé in the award-winning comedy and Reg Cattermole in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I, set out his stall exchanging Nessa-inspired T-shirts, photographs and autographs for donations in aid of the Velindre Cancer Care Centre, in Cardiff.

Steffan will cycle more than 320 miles from Boston to New York over a course of five days.

Steffan said he was hoping the challenge would raise more than £5,000 and admitted it had so far been difficult to find time to fit training in.

He said: “Everyone knows what Velindre does, it’s a good cause and I’ve had a few friends visit there recently.”

“The closest I’ve done is ride on a horse from North Wales to Ogmore in three weeks. That was tough going, but the horse was doing all the work.

The challenge begins on September 15.

To sponsor, visit www.justgiving.com/Barry2Boston

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