Kings of the cas­tles af­ter char­ity bike ride

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TWO can­cer sur­geons have helped raise more than £10,000 for char­ity af­ter tak­ing part in a gru­elling 250km bike ride be­tween Conwy and Cardiff cas­tles.

Si­mon Lee­son and Richard Peevor, from the North Wales Gy­nae­co­log­i­cal Can­cer Sur­gi­cal Cen­tre at Ys­byty Gwynedd, were part of an eight-strong team of doc­tors who raised £10,223.43 to­wards Jo’s Cer­vi­cal Can­cer Trust with their cas­tle-to-cas­tle ride dur­ing April.

Jo’s Cer­vi­cal Can­cer Trust is the only UK char­ity ded­i­cated to women af­fected by cer­vi­cal can­cer and cer­vi­cal ab­nor­mal­i­ties.

The funds raised will be used to sup­port cer­vi­cal can­cer pa­tients, in­clud­ing vi­tal re­search into why one in five women still fail to at­tend for their smear test.

Mr Lee­son, a con­sul­tant gy­nae­col­o­gist and on­col­o­gist, says the work Jo’s Cer­vi­cal Can­cer Trust car­ries out is vi­tal in en­cour­ag­ing women to come for­ward to at­tend their screen­ing ap­point­ments.

He said: “Through­out the UK, cer­vi­cal screen­ing saves 5,000 lives every year. There are around 3,000 new di­ag­noses of cer­vi­cal can­cer every year and this fig­ure would be 5,000 higher if we didn’t have the cer­vi­cal can­cer screen­ing pro­gramme.

“Cer­vi­cal can­cer is the most com­mon can­cer in women un­der the age of 35 in the UK and the 12th most com­mon can­cer in women over­all.

“Jo’s Cer­vi­cal Can­cer Trust brings a pa­tient’s per­spec­tive into the screen­ing process and can pro­vide in­sight into the way pa­tients re­act to cer­tain as­pects of the pro­gramme to help us to im­prove and de­velop the screen­ing ser­vice. As a char­ity, they are the pa­tient’s ad­vo­cate.”

The sur­geons re­ceived huge sup­port from their col­leagues and also re­ceived a do­na­tion of £500 from Conwy Coun­cil.

“The cy­cle ride was chal­leng­ing and there were a few in­juries on the way but all in all it was a huge suc­cess and lots of fun.

“We are ex­tremely grate­ful to those who have do­nated, in par­tic­u­lar to Mar­garet Wil­liams from Llan­dudno Hos­pi­tal who raised al­most £2,000 for us, which is fan­tas­tic,” added Mr Lee­son.

Pub­lic Health Wales has launched its fifth an­nual ‘Screen­ing for Life’ cam­paign to raise aware­ness of the free na­tional screen­ing pro­grammes of­fered by the NHS.

Cer­vi­cal Screen­ing Wales is call­ing on younger women who have been for a smear test to talk to their older rel­a­tives or friends about the im­por­tance of at­tend­ing for their screen­ing.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.screen­ing.wales. nhs.uk

The eight-strong team of doc­tors, who raised £10,223.43 to­wards Jo’s Cer­vi­cal Can­cer Trust, cel­e­brat­ing the end of their mam­moth bike ride in Cardiff.

Si­mon Lee­son, below, from North Wales Gy­nae­co­log­i­cal Can­cer Sur­gi­cal Cen­tre at Ys­byty Gwynedd cel­e­brat­ing at Cardiff Cas­tle

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