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Bikers’ charity ride raises £700 for surgical robot appeal

Redditch bikers have boosted a local hospital’s appeal to raise £1.6 million for the future of prostate cancer surgery in Worcestershire.

RMT Riders Club raised £700 at their charity motorcycle ride, from Redditch to the Cotswolds and back, for Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust’s Rory the Robot appeal.

Seventy bikers took part in the ride, sponsored by RMT Motorcycle Training and Bikers Wishlist, including consultant breast surgeon at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch, Mr Nick Purser.

Mr Purser said “It’s wonderful to see so many people working together to raise funds for prostate cancer. Together we can continue the push towards beating cancer.”

Motorcycle instructor Simon Hayes has organised charity rides for the past six years following a close experience with prostate cancer.

He said “I was hit for six when a good friend of mine passed away from prostate cancer. We’ve done a charity ride for various charities every year since in his memory. He was a keen motorcyclist.

“When I heard of this great cause I thought it was the perfect place to donate funds from this year’s ride. I’m planning to support this appeal throughout, and will continue to contribute until enough money has been raised to purchase the machine.”

The Rory the Robot appeal aims to raise £1.6 million for a surgical robot to treat patients with prostate cancer across the county. With Rory's assistance, patients will benefit from less pain, minimal blood loss and reduced complications. In Worcestershire alone there are 2500 men surviving prostate cancer at any one time, with about 450 to 550 new prostate cancer cases diagnosed every year.

For more information about the Rory the Robot appeal and how you can get involved visit www.worcsacute.nhs.uk/rorytherobot or contact the trust’s fundraising team on 01905 760551 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

You can also donate to the appeal by texting RORY97 £amount to 70070.