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Local rotary clubs join forces to fundraise for prostate cancer charity

Rotarians from Keighley and the Worth Valley are teaming up for a cycling charity challenge next month at a local gym.

The Rotary Clubs of Haworth & Worth Valley and Keighley will be getting on the spinning bikes at Workouts Gym on Oakworth Road on Sunday 2nd October to raise funds for the Prostate Cancer Charity.

The event will be part of the nationwide ‘Rotary Ride’ programme that is staged by Rotary Clubs in Great Britain and Ireland as their contribution to the fight against the disease.

Ian Park, the President of the Rotary Club of Haworth & Worth Valley, explains: “We’re aware of the suffering of men who are diagnosed with the disease and the families who have to deal with only seeing their loved ones dealing with the effects of disease but also when they die.

“And we also recognise that many men are still able to live full lives because the medical professional and researchers have devised so many treatments.

“We couldn’t just stand by. There was insufficient time to organise a full cycle ride on the roads round the Worth Valley and Keighley but, thankfully, one of our members is a regular at Workouts Gym and approached the owner Paul Royston to see if he could help us.

“Fortunately for us Paul was willing to help and we’re very grateful for him making us so welcome.

“At the same time, we went into partnership with our neighbours at the Rotary Club of Keighley so that we could bring the power of Rotary in this part of West Yorkshire to the project.”

Paul Royston said: “When the Rotarians approached me I thought it was a great idea and a wonderful way for us to make a contribution to improving men’s health.”

Now the Rotarians are hoping to attract both individuals and teams of five people to test themselves on the spinning bikes in Workouts Gym.

Added Ian: “The idea is for riders to attract sponsors who will back them to see how they far can go in a set time. Five-person teams will be offered a one-hour slot while individuals will have 30-minute slots.”

Entry charges for an individual will be £5 and £20 for five-person teams while there will be certificates to each person that takes part.

Details of how to take part in the Haworth & Worth Valley Rotary Ride can accessed by clicking on https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/haworth-worth-valley-rotary-ride-tickets-403534040177 or by looking at ‘The Rotary Club of Haworth & Worth Valley’ Facebook page.

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