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Father and son team raise large sum for charity

By Tom Howe 19th July 2017

Father and son team raise large sum for charity
CYCLE FOR THE CAUSE: Anthony Ridding and his son Ben joined a group of 75 cyclists who cumulatively raised nearly £90,000 for Prostate Cancer UK

A FATHER and son have teamed up to raise £9,000 for Prostate Cancer UK by cycling a section of the 2017 Tour de France.

Anthony Ridding (68) and his son Ben (35) joined a group of 75 riders who cumulatively raised nearly £90,000, cycling 130 miles from Dusseldorf to Liege into a 25mph head wind on a route as close to the one actually cycled in the Tour de France.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men with over 46,000 diagnosed every year – that's 128 men every day. One in eight men will get prostate cancer in their lifetime and more than one man dies every hour from it – that’s more than 11,000 men per year.

Anthony said: ”The majority of the roads in Belgium were resurfaced for the Tour de France and some hadn’t been finished so detours were required. We had three feed stations and completed the route in just under 12 hours in one day.

“We did it to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK and also to make men over 45 aware that they could have prostate cancer. Women have lots of awareness of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, cervical cancer etc, whereas men know very little about screening for prostate cancer. Hence have the Men United campaign.

“I have stage four advanced terminal prostate cancer. The treatment I’m getting at Royal Cornwall Hospital is excellent and I’m taking part in an Enzamet drug trial which, along with the hormone injection I get every three months, has reduced my prostate-specific antigen (PSA) from 430 to 0.5, but I’ve put on 21lbs.”

If you, or someone you know, show any symptoms they must go to their doctor for a PSA blood test. If caught early, prostate cancer is very easily treated but, to catch it early, you need to have a blood test which shows your levels of PSA – higher the PSA, higher the chance of having cancer.

For more information on the fundraising and for details on how to donate, contact Andy Sallnow at

By Tom Howe 19th July 2017

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