Team will ride 250 miles for Prostate Cancer UK

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A charitable team of six colleagues are preparing to take on a 250 mile bike ride in aid of Prostate Cancer UK.

This will be the fifth year that Paul Walker, team leader at Skymark Packaging International at Manners Industrial Estate in Ilkeston has organised the ride which this year will see him and his five colleagues embark on a 250 mile bicycle ride from Bristol to Plymouth next week.

This is the company’s fifth charity ride raising money for Prostate Cancer UK, having raised more than £8,000 over the years for the charity which fights to help more men survive prostate cancer and enjoy a better quality of life.

Paul, 62, said: “The ride sstarted out being mostly men, and of course prostate cancer is something we all worry about as we get older which is why we chose the charity.

“Cancer has affected everyones life somehow and this is our way of giving back to those causes.”

This year will see new recruits Natasha Mee, Leanne Sisson joining the ride.

“They started cycling and I think they just got the bug for it and asked if they could join us,” said Paul.

“We’re all amateurs and don’t ride a lot, so we expect a few hurdles along the way.”

The team of six have been supported by company directors who have provided a company car and trailer which will chaperone the riders along the trail.

Paul added: “The company have been so supportive and we wouldn’t have been so successful without them.”

The ride will take place over four days with the six riders riding just over 60 miles each day.