A Rotary Ride for Prostate Cancer

(Last Updated On: May 11, 2019)

‘A new type of MRI Scanner, specifically for the early detection of Prostate Cancer, will, it’s hoped, encourage men to look after their health care better,’ says Chris Sumner, President of the Paignton Rotary Club.

‘The Multi-Parametric MRI Scanner or mpMRI is now our target for Torbay Hospital,’ he adds, ‘ and this year’s charity cycle ride will support the efforts of the Torbay Prostate Support Association to raise the funds for it.’

The ride, on June 15th, will feature static bikes for people to ride if they have no cycle skills, as well as making use of the Velopark at the Torbay Leisure Centre for keen riders.

‘It’s going to be to be a fun family day,’ Chris tells us, ‘and will run from 10 am- 4 pm, which will allow people to drop in and out, eat and socialise.’

There will be stands at the Velopark, including the Police and the Fire Brigade, as well as entertainment stalls, with Prostate UK and the Torbay Prostate Support Association there in person. Anyone wishing to bring a stand please contact Chris Sumner.

Please contact Chris if you need any further information about the day, or if you’d like to take part or even bring a stand of your own. He’s happy, he says, to speak to ‘any company, business or individual who may feel this is a good opportunity to team build, or raise their stature in the community.’ You can call him on 01803 853959 or email: sumner441@hotmail.co.uk

If you can’t be there but would like to donate, please go to the just giving page, and select from any of the appropriate sites:


Or to one of the pages set up in support of the main page by individual riders/ fundraisers.

Jonathan Edgoose has one (Tormohun Rotary)


Roger Nicholson has one (Tormohun Rotary)


Maldwyn Evans has one (Brixham Rotary)


and Angela Sumner has one (Paignton Rotary)


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Apart from five years studying in Oxford I’ve lived most of my life in London where for many years I was Head of English in a prestigious girls’ school, but since taking early retirement and heading West to be nearer to my two daughters - settling in Torbay with my wife, Anna, in 2011 - I’ve worked in the voluntary sector. I took on the role of Service Provider, for example, promoting the Red Cross Torbay Navigators Project, while now I’m a Trustee and part of the Media Team for our local Healthwatch. I’m a governor at Torquay Academy, too, giving me the chance to stay up to date with what’s happening in the world of education. Other interests, aside from friends and family, include art and art history, reading - from contemporary fiction and poetry to Elizabethan/Jacobean literature - history, politics, cooking, walking, and music, in particular Bob Dylan, the blues, and early Elvis. I love writing, too, with one novel published so far – Elvis in Wonderland – and another, Who’s There?, that still needs plenty of work!