On Thursday 28 November, Justin Hostettler-Davies and his wife Kirsten spent the day in the Houses of Parliament with Bridgend MP Madeleine Moon MP Madeleine invited the couple to visit Westminster as a thank you for Justin's recent 650 mile solo walk around the Welsh Coast.
Mr Hostettler-Davies had undertaken this challenge after learning that a close friend had been diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease a rare terminal disease. In undertaking his walk Justin had hoped his journey would raise awareness as well as funds for charity. By the end of the hike, Justin had surpassed his fundraising aim, having raised over £14,000 for the Motor Neurone Disease Association, money that will help them offer support to those with MND and their families as well as help fund research into the disease.
"Having finished the hike in late August, Justin is far from finished in his cause. He told me during the visit that he is now in the early stages of planning a longer, more challenging journey: cycling 870 miles from Lands End to John O’Groats, provisionally due to take place next August.
On his first journey around Wales, Justin was routinely joined by supporters helping him along and it will be no different this time, with Madeleine Moon MP agreeing to take part in a section of the route near Monmouthshire."
Commenting on her decision to participate, in a small way in Justin’s second expedition, Madeleine said:
"I will probably regret this decision as I am deeply unfit but hopefully this will spur me on to get my bike out and train for the day. Justin and Kirsten had a glimpse into my hectic world. They arrived between my asking questions in a statement about the government u turn on plain packaging of cigarettes and a meeting with IPSOS Mori. There was a bizarre moment when they were introduced to me as the representatives of IPSOS Mori but within seconds we were laughing at the mistake. Justin and Kirsten watched Business Questions and a statement from William Hague on the use of Rape in war before spending time in the Lords listening to Lord Sugar. They ended their day after coffee and cake in the Pugin Room listening to a debate I had called on the role of Police in mental health. I enjoyed their visit, I am not so sure I will enjoy spending time cycling in Monmouthshire but I will give it a go."