MORE than 80 big hearted bike riders arrived at the Alexandra Hospital last Saturday to raise money for the Rory the Robot Appeal.
Cyclists came from far and wide to take part, tackling routes of 18, 36 or 52 miles in the sponsored ride in aid of the state-of-the-art robotic surgical system.
The £1.6million machine will help treat prostate cancer patients from across the county, saving hundreds of lives in the process.
Craig Burchell, fund raising manager for the Worcestershire Acute Hospitals charity said: “It was great to see the cyclists braving the foul weather to support this vital appeal. Prostate cancer only affects men but it touches families across the county.
“This event and support gained from the local community will help us provide the very best possible treatment for our brothers, fathers and grandfathers across Worcestershire.”
The event was started by Redditch MP Karen Lumley who said: “It is vital that people get behind the Rory the Robot Appeal. Worcestershire already has state-of-the-art cancer services but by adding this piece of equipment we will be able to offer the very best possible treatment.”
Prostate cancer itself affects one-in-eight men over the age of 50 and experts predict it will overtake lung cancer and breast cancer as the most common cancer by 2030. As a result having the very best care available within the county is extremely important as diagnosis of prostate cancer is only likely to increase in the years to come.
The Ride for Rory 2015 is looking likely to raise £3,500 for the appeal itself.
Anyone interested in supporting Worcestershire prostate cancer patients and the Rory the Robot Appeal can contact the Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Charity Fundraising Team on 01905 760 551 or email email@example.com .