A KNUTSFORD businessman is aiming to reach a fundraising target of £1 million in a cycling challenge to help in the fight against cancer.

Rob Cotton along with a group of leading businessmen from the north west, will take part in his On the Road to Recovery campaign, which will take place between September 14 and 18.

The funds raised will be used to introduce a new mobile chemotherapy unit, enabling cancer patients to receive treatment closer to home.

The cyclists will tackle five iconic stages of the Tour De France back to back, covering 650 kilometres over five days. There has been £140,000 donated to the cause so far.

Rob Cotton said: “This is a really exciting project to be involved with and a cause that is extremely close to my heart.

“The Christie provides valuable support to cancer patients in the north west, and mobile chemotherapy units will help it to deliver care much closer to the patient’s home.

“The Tour De France Challenge will be an incredibly difficult feat of physical and mental strength but a great experience, and we are looking forward to challenging both our businesses and our bodies in order to raise money for such a worthy cause.”

Dr Andrew Wardley, clinical lead for chemotherapy at The Christie, said; “This is an incredible challenge, so huge thanks to Rob and Mike for leading the way.

“The mobile chemotherapy unit will be a great benefit to patients, allowing them to have The Christie experience of specialised care and the best outcomes delivered close to where they live. It will make an enormous difference.

“The best of luck to everyone joining this campaign – all money raised will help cancer patients throughout Greater Manchester.”

The Christie is one of Europe’s leading cancer treatments centres, and is based in South Manchester, with radiotherapy centres in Salford and Oldham.

For more information on the On the Road to Recovery challenge and how to get involved you can visit ontheroadtorecovery.co.uk.