Surgeon and patient get a ‘Wiggle’ on for Jurassic Classic ride

  • 27 June 2012

A surgeon at the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital will be putting two wheels forward with one of his patients for the inaugural Wiggle Jurassic Classic bike ride to raise vital funds for Prostate Cancer UK (formerly The Prostate Cancer Charity).

Prostate Cycle

A surgeon at the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital will be putting two wheels forward with one of his patients for the inaugural Wiggle Jurassic Classic bike ride to raise vital funds for Prostate Cancer UK (formerly The Prostate Cancer Charity).

John McGrath, a Consultant Urological Surgeon at the hospital, will tackle the route along the famous and historic Jurassic coastline in Devon with his patient, Eddie Broom, to fundraise for the charity on Sunday 8 July, alongside more than 700 hundred of other cyclists.

John first met Eddie as his patient after Eddie was diagnosed with prostate cancer in November 2010 and it was during a consultation that the pair realised they had a shared love of cycling.

By chance, Eddie noticed that Prostate Cancer UK was launching the Wiggle Jurassic Classic and so they both pledged to sign up for the ride to fundraise for the charity and raise awareness of prostate cancer.

John, cycles to work at the hospital from his home in Exmouth, said: "Prostate Cancer UK provides an absolutely essential role in supporting not only our patients but also their families and the clinical team who look after them. At the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, we have always signposted patients to the Charity at an early stage and used their booklets to help patients understand the nature of their condition as well as the treatment options available. As a keen researcher, it is also fantastic to see the work that Prostate Cancer UK does in supporting cutting edge endeavours to improve the success of treatments in this important area. It is a great privilege to join Eddie and show our combined support for the Charity."

Eddie, 66, of Little Johns Cross Hill, Exeter, added: "I would like to urge anyone who is having symptoms which relate to prostate problems to see their G.P. if they're worried. Even though I was fit and lead a healthy life prostate cancer still affected me. I chose to have a radical prostatectomy and now I'm monitored every three months. I would like to thank everyone who has been involved with my treatment and aftercare.

"I'm looking forward to the challenge of the Jurassic Wiggle Ride. I would like to thank everyone who has sponsored me for the ride, with a special thanks to Hendy Van & Truck and Livery Dole Garage in Exeter, who have donated £100, having previously sponsored me in 1989 when I took part in the Exeter Half Marathon with a friend who is registered blind."

Prostate Cancer UK's Head of Community Fundraising, Claire Walsh, said: "We are delighted to be launching our first Wiggle Jurassic Classic bike ride this summer and thrilled that John and Eddie have signed up in support of Prostate Cancer UK.

"The event offers both budding and seasoned cyclists a great ride and we hope people will show their support to John and Eddie in their fundraising efforts. More than 40,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year in the UK and every penny raised goes to Prostate Cancer UK to plough into vital research and support services."

To sign up registrants should visit: www.jurassic-classic.org.uk and for more information can contact the cycling team by calling 020 8222 7158 or emailing cycling@prostatecanceruk.org. Both distances cost £28 to take part in, with the 100mile route starting from 7am and 100km from 8am.