BALSALL Common resident Richard Murray is riding from London to Amsterdam in support of the charity Prostate Cancer UK.
He’s part of a team from business coaching company Elephants Child whose managing Director Martin Brown lost his father-in-law to the disease.
In total the team has raised £7,000 with four weeks to go.
The 145-mile trip is backed by the English Football League and the League Managers Association with high-profile former players and managers such as Les Ferdinand, Terry Butcher and Simon Grayson taking part.
Balsall Common Lions Club are just one of many local organisations, residents and businesses to support the team.
They have a long history of supporting prostate cancer awareness events and have organised a prostate cancer screening session in Balsall Common this Saturday, from 10am until 1pm at St Peter’s Church.
Speaking ahead of the ride, Richard said: “This is a cause dear to my heart as my grandfather and uncle both lost their own battles with cancer.
“Prostate Cancer UK has a simple ambition – to stop men dying from this condition. I’m looking forward to getting into the saddle and raising money in support of this tremendous charity. Thanks to everyone who has supported us so far.
“I’m also desperate to raise awareness and encourage men to get themselves checked.
“We’re notoriously bad at visiting doctors and looking after our health.
“Anyone that has concerns and can’t make Saturday’s screening should book an appointment with their GP.” he added.
The trip begins on June 9 and will see around 500 riders making the two-day journey aiming to raise a total of £500,000 for the charity.
To donate visit: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Richard-Murray7
For more information on the event visit: prostatecanceruk.org/get-involved/football-to-amsterdam-2017