A bishop’s wife is gearing up to cycle the length of Wales in a day to raise money for Christian Aid and mark its 70th anniversary.

Jo Davies, whose husband John is the Bishop of Swansea and Brecon, plans to pedal 190 miles from Caernarfon to Chepstow in just one day.

And Christian Aid  is calling on all churches in the country to donate £70 each to support Jo – £1 for each year of the charity’s life – to raise tens of thousands of pounds for its special year.

Jo, a specialist nurse in the NHS blood and transplant service, is an experienced long distance cyclist who has even cycled across Britain – from Land’s End to John O’Groats. But she is expecting the latest challenge to be the hardest of all. From Caernarfon in the north to Chepstow in the south, the ride, organised by Open Cycling, takes in the Llanberis and the Gospel Pass, climbing 4,500 metres.

“This is the toughest ride I’ve done to date,” admits Jo. “It’s a lot of miles and a lot of climbing in one day. I’ll be out from dawn to dusk, not even 24 hours.”

Meanwhile, while Jo is cycling on September 26th, her husband, Bishop John, will be leading a service at Brecon Cathedral to mark Christian Aid’s 70th anniversary. .

All are welcome to the service which starts at 2.30pm.You can sponsor Jo by sending a cheque to Christian Aid Wales, labelled for the Jo Davies Cycle Challenge or you can donate online  at: uk.virginmoneygiving.com/walesinaday

Please contact Steve Wornham of Christian Aid for more information about donating – telephone 02920844658 or email Swornham @christian-aid.org