UK charity, Tackle Prostate Cancer is asking the motorcycle community to help them raise £250,000 to fight the disease.

Tackle Prostate Cancer, the voice of prostate cancer patients and their families in the UK, has launched their 2019 ‘Bike to the Moon’ campaign – a major fundraising initiative that encourages members of the motorcycle community to raise awareness and funds for the fight against prostate cancer.

The campaign, first launched in 2018, was originally called Cycle to the Moon and received an overwhelming response from the cycling community. This year, Tackle has expanded on Cycle to the Moon, welcoming the motorcycle community to join their mission to raise £1 for every mile it takes to get to the moon, £250,000 in total. In addition to raising funds the campaign also aims to encourage men at risk of prostate cancer to get tests and earlier diagnosis.

Members of motorcycle clubs throughout the UK can organise their own event as an individual, with friends, club members and family. Interested clubs or individuals can organise a ride in their local area, set distance and fundraising goals for their event and do it at any time during the year, although Tackle is aiming to have as many sign-ups as possible by Father’s Day 2019.

Cycle to the Moon/Bike 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.”

Tackle Prostate Cancer is a patient-led charity addressing the real issues people face when they are diagnosed with prostate cancer and helps people to cope with their diagnosis and treatment. As a National Federation, Tackle has 90 support groups across the country, representing some 15,000 members.

Prostate cancer is now a bigger killer than breast cancer, making it the third biggest cancer killer in the UK. The money raised will help Tackle 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. The charity hopes that by educating the next generation about the importance of men being tested earlier it can help “Save a Dad”.