RESIDENTS are being encouraged to sign up to a special fund-raising cycle to help buy a £1.6 million surgical robot.
MP Karen Lumley visited the Alexandra Hospital on Friday (August 29) as part of the Rory The Robot campaign, backed by the Redditch Standard, to fund the equipment which will allow surgeons to perform less invasive surgery on patients with prostate cancer.
The Ride For Rory on September 20, will see routes available for all abilities and the chance to ride the 17 miles from the Alex to Worcestershire Royal Hospital and back again – or even halfway there and back for those who are not up to the full 34 miles.
Adel Makar, urology consultant and lead cancer clinician for the Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, said prostate cancer survival rates were already among the best in Europe but with other hospitals in Birmingham and Gloucestershire either already having a machine or being in the process of fund-raising for one, there was a danger the county could get left behind.
“This surgery is already becoming available elsewhere in the country and we want to make it available in Redditch for all our Worcestershire patients.
“If everyone in Worcestershire donated just £5 each we would be able to buy the robot straight away.
“Please support us and help us save lives.”
Mrs Lumley added although she was out of the country when the ride took place, she wanted to visit the Alex to show her support for the campaign.
Registration for the event is £10 for adults and £5 for under 16s (anyone over the age of 12 can take part but under 16s must be accompanied by an adult). Entry includes a Rory The Robot hi-vis jacket and a certificate.
To register, e-mail email@example.com or call 01905 760551. Visit www.justgiving.com/rorytherobot or text RORY97 £ followed by the amount to 70070 to donate.