Hoggin' the bridge

22nd January 2018

Meningitis Now one of 23 charities to receive funds raised by the annual 'Hoggin’ the Bridge' motorcycle ride


6,000 riders crossed the Severn bridges heading for Caldicot Castle where they were joined by a further 7,000 people.

The event held in October raised £13,500 and cheques were presented to the 23 groups at a get-together at Caldicot Male Voice Choir’s hall on January 14.

Aaron Reeks, of Caldicot Town Team, which assisted with the organisation, said: “We had an unprecedented event with 6,000 bikers and 7,000 people turn up at Caldicot Castle. It was a fantastic day and it raised £13,5000 which has been distributed to the groups.”

Brogan Williams, of Caldicot, who survived meningitis 11 years ago, received the cheque on behalf of Meningitis Now from the Chair of Monmouthshire, County Council Cllr Maureen Powell.

Brogan said: “I volunteer for Meningitis Now as a way of giving something back for the help they have given me and my family.”

He was six when he was taken ill at school and, with his condition deteriorating later in the day, his mother followed her instincts and took him to hospital.

Brogan said: “If I hadn’t gone to hospital then, I probably wouldn’t be here now, I spent my seventh birthday in hospital.”

His mum, Nicky Price, said: “It is such a fast-moving disease, I have never seen anything like. As a parent, you know your child better than anyone and you have to trust your instincts.”

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