MEMBERS of the Malvern Hills Lodge of Freemasons have raised more than £2,200 for robotic surgery for prostate cancer.

The group donated £2,200 to the Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Charity for its Rory the Robot appeal, which is aiming to ensure all men in Worcester have the option to have their prostate cancer surgery via robot.

The advantage of the robot is it is much less invasive than traditional surgery and offers faster recovery times.

Each year the lodge elects a member to serve as "Worshipful Master" for the year and chooses a charity to support.

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For 2019/20, the master was Stuart Blake, who chose to support the appeal.

A cheque was presented to Nicky Langford, community fundraising officer for the charity at a ceremony at the lodge on February 15.

She said: "We are very grateful to the Malvern Hills Lodge for this substantial donation which takes us a step further towards obtaining this important facility for prostate cancer sufferers in Worcestershire and the surrounding areas.

"Freemasonry is one of the main charitable benefactors both locally and nationally and we are delighted with the support our appeal has received from them."