President Mark Evans gets on his bike for charity

President Mark Evans completes the 100-mile Carten bike ride between Cardiff and Tenby for charity

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It has become something of an annual event for President Mark Evans to coordinate fundraising from the Carten Cardiff-Tenby 100-mile bike ride.

This year, the fundraising was directed at the Urology team at Prince Philip Hospital, ensuring that men in West Wales have access to the best available treatments for prostate disease.

Donations still coming in but we have already passed the £4000 mark!

Details of the bike ride below - 


President Mark Evans, Past President Hugh Thomas (as support driver) and Michael Harris (Mark’s nephew) arrive in record time, completing the 100 miles from Cardiff to Tenby

Past President Hywel Bassett and Rotarians Kevin Jones and Colin Maclauchan ride between Pwll and Tenby to raise funds for Prince Philip – supported by driver Jeff Wheeler

What’s the Fundraising in aid of ?

Bringing GreenLight laser technology to Llanelli

Around 60% of men over the age of 60 suffer from benign prostate hypertrophy (or enlargement of the prostate). This causes obstruction of the urinary tract which can in turn lead to urinary symptoms such as increased urination, inability to pass urine and  urinary tract infections.

Currently, the main surgical treatment on offer is TURP, which requires a 2 to 3 night stay in hospital and is less suitable for older or frailer patients. The Urology team at Prince Philip Hospital is seeking to bring the latest treatment technology to Llanelli to ensure that more men can be safely treated for prostate disease.

GreenLight laser PVP (photoselective vaporisation of the prostate) is a minimally invasive treatment for benign prostate disease that delivers a powerful beam of green laser light to vaporise obstructive prostate tissue.

This treatment enables more patients to be treated safely with a reduced risk of significant complications such as bleeding. It enables patients to go home either the same day of surgery or the following day and allows for a faster return to normal daily activities compared with conventional TURP surgery.

“Benign prostate disease can have a significant impact on an individual’s quality of life. The procedure that we will be able to conduct with the Greenlight laser technology will help us to provide significant relief of symptoms to our patients and improve their quality of lives with significantly shortened hospital stays and improved patient safety.” - Mr Yeung Ng, Consultant Urologist, Hywel Dda University Health Board

PS: Rotarians who haven't completed their sponsorship forms are, respectfully, reminded to get their sponsorship cash in asap.

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