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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.

This year local cyclists were joined by Team GB triathlon star Hannah Drewett and MP for Redditch Karen Lumley, who were on hand to start the riders off and wish them luck.

Karen said: “It is vital that Redditch people and the whole of Worcestershire get behind the Rory the Robot appeal. Worcestershire already has state-of-the-art cancer services but by adding this fantastic equipment we will be able to offer the very best possible treatment to all prostate cancer patients locally.”

Craig Burchell, Fundraising Manager for Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Charity who arranged the event 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 best treatment for our brothers, fathers and grandfathers across Worcestershire.”

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust began the Rory the Robot appeal to further improve the experience of its prostate cancer patients. With Rory’s assistance patients will benefit from less pain, minimal blood loss, reduced time in hospital and quicker recoveries. In Worcestershire alone there are 2500 men surviving prostate cancer at any one time, with about 500 new prostate cancer cases diagnosed every year.

You can still support the Rory the Robot appeal online at www.justgiving.com/rorytherobot, by texting RORY97 + £amount to 70070. Find out more at www.worcsacute.nhs.uk/rorytherobot