Maurice’s way of saying a big thank you

Mo Ayling, DFW volunteer

Mo Ayling, DFW volunteer - Credit: Archant

Maurice ‘Mo’ Ayling joined Devon Freewheelers three years ago as a fundraiser and rider.

He was driven to help after retirement as a way of thanking the NHS for the care his wife, who has multiple sclerosis, has received over the last 25 years.

He recently took over the role of area coordinator for East Devon, keeping volunteers abreast of forthcoming fundraising events and drumming up help.

He is helped by DFW volunteer Alex Mitchell, who arranges the monthly rider rota and ensures all shifts are covered and motorbikes are available.

“There are days when we have more than one event so I’m always looking for help,” said Mo.

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“People can commit as much or as little as they want. We have some riders who we only see once a month and we have others - such as myself - who are always lurking around.

“We don’t ask anybody for a firm commitment of time. We do expect everybody first and foremost to be fundraiser, because we are a charity.”

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Mo added: “Being a volunteer for Devon Freewheelers is something very close to my heart; I do it because of the care my wife’s had.”

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