A CHARITY worker from Kidderminster is taking part in Prostate Cancer UK’s latest fundraising event in Suffolk.
Stuart Mol, who grew up in the town, is taking part in a 100-mile bike ride on Sunday to raise awareness for the charity, which he works for as a project manager.
The inaugural Saxon Classic is a cycle ride along the Suffolk coastline and has three distances which participants can choose to complete - 35 miles, 62.5 miles or 100 miles.
Mr Mol said he wanted to help raise public awareness for the charity, which funds research into the causes and treatments of prostate cancer.
“As I take part in cycling events most weekends, I struggle to get people to sponsor me, so I mainly take part in the event to help raise awareness for the disease,” he said.
“The Saxon Classic is an ideal platform for people to help raise money and awareness for the disease, especially as the event has the different distances.
“That way people don’t have to push themselves to complete a race that is more than they can handle – there’s a distance for everyone.”
Mr Mol, a former Kidderminster Hockey Club member, will also be taking part in the Jurassic Classic on August 14, where he will be cycling 100 miles along the Jurassic Coast.
Mr Mol said: “I started working for the charity just before last year’s Jurassic Classic, so I thought it would be best to wait and take part in this year’s cycling events.
“I want to try to get as many people as I can to come along to the events, where they could help out, volunteer or just give their support to the charity.”
Mark Bishop, director of fundraising at Prostate Cancer UK, said: “We’re thrilled that Stuart has decided to take on the first-ever Saxon Classic to raise funds for Prostate Cancer UK.
“It is with support like this that we can help provide dedicated support and information to men and their families affected by prostate cancer and fund research to help fight the disease.
“With over 40,000 men diagnosed with prostate cancer each year in the UK and one man dying every hour, it is our aim to help more men survive the disease and enjoy a better quality of life.
“We wish Stuart every success with his bike challenges.”