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Malvern Motorcycle Club raises £1,250 for Rory the Robot

Malvern and District Motorcycle and Light Van Club has raised £1,250 for Rory the Robot.

The club decided to give the proceeds of this year’s summer charity skittles tournament to the Rory appeal after one of their members was treated for prostate cancer at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch.

Club chairman, Andy Ledington said: “We decided to help knock down prostate cancer one skittle at a time.  We like to support local causes and Rory the Robot appealed to us because we have a lot of members who could potentially benefit from him at some point.”

Thirty teams from Malvern and the surrounding towns and villages took part in the competition which was held over several months.  The winners were  the Powick Nomads who beat The Sausage Men in a sizzling final at the club’s headquarters in Malvern.

Nick Taylor, the club’s vice chairman, said everyone had benefited from supporting Rory the Robot.  “The charity has benefited because we have raised money for it and the players have benefited from finding out more about prostate cancer.  I would like to thank everyone who took part in the competition and all their supporters

The Rory the Robot campaign aims to raise £1.6million to buy the surgical machine which will be based at the Alexandra Hospital, which is the county’s centre of excellence for urology.

Prostate cancer claims the life of one man every hour and by 2030 will be the most common cancer. In Worcestershire alone there are 2,500 men surviving prostate cancer at any one time, with about 450 to 550 new prostate cancer cases diagnosed every year.

The technology will allow surgeons to remove tumours with more precision through five cuts around the prostate gland rather than open surgery.

It means less blood loss, less pain after surgery, a lower risk of complications and recovery times will fall from up to 12 weeks to between three to four weeks.

It was first developed by the US military to allow surgeons based in America to operate remotely on soldiers injured on the battlefield over the internet, but has since been developed for use in general hospitals. It can also be used for head and neck cancer, colorectal and heart surgery.

The Rory the Robot campaign is being backed by the Redditch Standard and its sister titles, as well as the Save the Alex campaign.

You can donate to the Rory the Robot Campaign online at www.justgiving.com/rorytherobot, or by texting RORY97 + £amount to 70070.  Don’t forget to share your fundraising efforts on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #rorytherobot.

Sponsorship forms are also available from Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust's website: www.worcsacute.nhs.uk/rorytherobot.