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Viv Anderson raising money for Prostate Cancer UK

16 May 2018

Nottingham Forest legend Viv Anderson is set to embark on a mammoth bike ride to help raise vital funds for Prostate Cancer UK.

Anderson, who featured in more than 300 league games for Forest in a ten-year period, will join hundreds of other fundraisers in cycling the 145 miles to Amsterdam from Barnsley.

It is the third time the former England international has taken on the challenge and he is looking forward to getting back on the bike.

He said: "I have done things for Prostate Cancer UK over the last ten years or so, different things, and they said would I start a brand new bike ride three years ago from Barnsley to Amsterdam.

"Having been the Barnsley manager many years ago, they said it would be a good idea for me to start it off. I hadn't been on a bike for around 30 years so I wasn't sure I could do it!

"They assured me it would be easy which was a bare-faced lie but this is now my third year of doing it. It doesn't get any easier but it is a good charity and a good cause."

Prostate cancer kills one man every 45 minutes - that's two men during a football match – with one in eight white men and one in four black men being diagnosed.

"The figures are astonishing," Viv added. "I didn't think that the figures were that high.

"It is something that people don't talk about and this is a good way to get involved. We managed to raise £600,000 last year from the bike ride, one from Yorkshire and one from London, which is a great feat.

"It is hard work but the camaraderie of people and getting behind everyone is great. I remember being at the back with a man and his daughter and they pulled me through one of the stages. It is a good cause to get involved in and it is hard work, but it is fun as well.

"The more people know about it, and the more awareness raised, the better it will be for everybody.

"I have beaten my initial target and I am up to just over £3,000. I got to about £4,000 in the first year so I am trying to get up to that. I have pestered everybody to donate money, be it £20 or however much they can give – it all helps towards the end total."

The bike ride is set to begin at Barnsley's Oakwell stadium on Friday 1st June with the riders arriving at the Amsterdam Arena on Sunday 3rd June.

To find out more about the event click here and to donate to Viv's fundraising page, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/viv-anderson4


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