Tackle Prostate Cancer, a support group of prostate cancer patients and their families in the UK, has announced an exciting fundraising event.

‘Cycle to the Moon, Save a Dad’ is a cycling initiative that will encourage people of all ages to get on their bikes and raise awareness and money for the fight against prostate cancer.

It is also chance for members of the public to show their support through their cycling miles either on the roads, in the gym, at home or on outdoor trails throughout the month of May 2018.

The event is open to all ages regardless of ability and it is designed to be a fun, healthy activity raising funds on behalf of Tackle Prostate Cancer as well as encouraging the next generation to participate. It also aims to raise awareness and encourage men at risk of prostate cancer to get tests and earlier diagnosis. The campaign’s target is £250,000 – £1 for every mile between Earth and the Moon.

Roger Wotton chairman of Tackle Prostate Cancer said: "We know how devastating the diagnosis of prostate cancer can be. Raising awareness and funds through this campaign will hopefully see more men being tested earlier, and help accelerate a reduction in mortality figures. Prostate cancer doesn’t just affect the man diagnosed – it affects his whole family."

Tackle Prostate Cancer is a patient-led charity addressing the real issues people face when they are diagnosed with prostate cancer, and helping people to cope with their diagnosis and treatment.

Cycle to the Moon ambassador, vocal coach and TV presenter David Grant, said: “Prostate cancer does not care who it affects or the devastation it causes to patients and their families. It's a cause close to my heart as my cousin was diagnosed, so I want to urge you to make a difference and get on your bikes and clock up some miles. One man dying every 45 minutes is a startling figure and we all need to do what we can to reduce mortality figures. This is a chance for members of the public to fight this cancer. The event is open to all ages regardless of abilities, it is designed as a fun and healthy activity whilst at the same time raising funds for Tackle Prostate Cancer."

The money will help the charity continue to meet its objectives of campaigning on behalf of patients and raising awareness in the community. It will also enable the ‘Save a Dad’ initiative to be followed through in secondary schools where the aim is to get a discussion on prostate cancer in the National Curriculum, just as breast cancer is included today.

Lord Rose, Ambassador for Tackle Prostate Cancer said: "One in eight men in the UK will develop Prostate Cancer. Tackle's initiative 'Cycle to the Moon, Save a Dad' is an exciting fundraising event which aims, through schools, to raise awareness in the next generation and hopefully see more men at risk of prostate cancer having an earlier diagnosis."

If you would like to get involved please go to: http://cycletothemoon.tackleprostate.org/ where you can download a fundraising pack full of great ideas and tips to get peddling for the fight against prostate cancer.