Former England rugby legend and British Lion, Roger Uttley, is saddling up for a huge cycling challenge in memory of his close friend and Lions team member, Andy Ripley OBE, who died from prostate cancer almost two years ago.
Northumberland resident Roger will be setting off from London on 30th May and cycling eighty miles a day until he reaches Paris, which is expected to take three days.
Roger is aiming to raise a total of £3,000, which shall be shared between two charities very close to his heart: Sparks, the children's medical research charity, and The Prostate Cancer Charity.
In preparation for the big event Roger also took on a forty kilometre rowing challenge during Prostate Cancer Awareness Month in March to raise awareness of the most common cancer in men and a disease in which killed his best friend, a long time ambassador of The Prostate Cancer Charity.
Roger said: "I decided to take on the forty kilometre rowing challenge to help raise awareness of prostate cancer which robbed me of my best mate, Andy Ripley. It is also part of my training for an even bigger challenge I am taking on in May where I will be cycling from London to Paris to raise money for The Prostate Cancer Charity and Sparks.
"I will be cycling eighty miles a day for three to four days - it will be tough and it's something Andy and I talked about doing together. At 63, I want to test myself and see where I'm at as well as raise vital funds for Sparks to keep babies healthy and for The Prostate Cancer Charity to help prevent men, especially those my age, having to go through what Andy did."
Mark Bishop, Director of Fundraising at The Prostate Cancer Charity, said: "We are thrilled that Roger has decided to take on this challenge to help raise funds and awareness for the Charity. Every year, 37,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer in the UK - and it is a disease which kills one man every hour. Every penny raised will go towards our work supporting men and their families affected by the disease. Our thanks go to Roger and we wish him all the best of luck with his challenge."
To sponsor Roger and find out more about his challenge please visit: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=RogerUttley