Studley Fish Bar chips in £730 for Rory the Robot

Studley Fish Bar has raised an amazing £730 for Rory the Robot.

The popular fish and chip shop donated 50p from every portion of chips bought on Good Friday and ran a raffle to raise money for the appeal.

Owner, Theo Makris said: “My father had prostate cancer and I wanted to do something to help other people with the disease.

“I’d like to thank my customers for supporting the Rory appeal.”

The Rory the Robot campaign aims to raise £1.6million to buy the 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 2500 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, by texting RORY97 + £amount to 70070 or fill in the form in this week's Standard.

Don’t forget to share your fundraising efforts on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #rorytherobot.

Sponsorship forms are also available at www.worcsacute.nhs.uk/rorytherobot.

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