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Get on your bike for surgical robot appeal

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Charity is gearing up for its second annual charity cycle ride, and is looking for local cyclists to don the lycra, oil up the pedals and Ride for Rory.

The family cycle ride, taking place on Saturday 12 September, is a sponsored 18 or 36 mile route in and around Redditch. Starting at the Alexandra Hospital, the ride aims to raise money for the £1.6 million Rory the Robot appeal to improve the county’s treatment of prostate cancer.

Last year’s event, which raised over £8,500 in sponsorship money alone, was a great success, with 120 local residents and staff from Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust taking part.

Redditch-based father and son, Paul and Jon Gething, took part in the event last year to give something back to the hospital and staff that played a huge role in their recovery following an accident.

Paul said: “This particular cause is very close to my heart because it gives me the opportunity to give something back to the hospital.

“Having one of these robotic systems at the Alex will make such a difference, not only to patients, but to their friends and families supporting them throughout their treatment. I was proud to be part of the event last year and am looking forward to seeing even more people get involved this time around!”

Registration for the event costs £10 for adults and £5 for children (under 16) with all funds going towards the Rory the Robot appeal. The event is open to children over the age of 12 and under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. Entry includes a Rory the Robot hi-vis jacket.

The charity is asking participants to raise a minimum of £100 sponsorship for adults and £25 for children.

To register to Ride for Rory please call the 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 Rory the Robot appeal online at www.justgiving.com/rorytherobot, by texting RORY97 + £amount to 70070.