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Cyclists saddle up for surgical robot

Over 80 cyclists saddled up for a charity ride around Redditch on Saturday 12 September, raising money for a surgical robot at the Alexandra Hospital.

Despite the rain, cyclists from across the county took part in the 18, 36 and 52 miles routes in aid of the Rory the Robot appeal. The appeal is looking to raise £1.6 million for a state-of-the-art surgical robot to treat patients with prostate cancer across Worcestershire.

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Off-roaders rev-up thousands for emergency department

Local motocross riders raised close to £2000 for their local A&E department at a charity event on Friday 7 August.

The high-revving 2-stroke action day at Apex Motocross Practice Track in Worcester brought in £1,911.54 for the emergency department at Worcestershire Royal Hospital, after 142 riders signed up to entertain the crowd.

Among the riders was upcoming local star, 13-year-old youth rider James Hanscomb, who has been making a name for himself in national competitions over the last couple of years.

James said: “It was a really great day; it was amazing to have so many riders taking part.”

Lee Jones, Manager at Apex Motocross said: “Unfortunately motocross does carry some risks. Despite working hard to make our facility safe and having a medic around to treat minor injuries, we do sometimes need to make use of our local A&E department. Everyone who has been treated there has been very well looked after. We know how hard the staff are working and this is just our way of saying thank you.”

Kirsty South, Senior A&E Sister said: “We’re really grateful for the fantastic donation Apex Motocross has made. It will help us improve the comfort and experience of our patients in the department. It’s so nice for the team to be recognised for all the hard work we put into caring for our patients.”

If you're interested in fundraising for your local hospital contact the fundraising team on 01905 760551 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.