A FORMER Wrexham Council chief has raised more than £700 ahead of his bid to tackle a stage of the Tour de France for a cancer charity.

Trever Coxon, who left Wrexham Council last year, took part in the ride in aid of Prostate Cancer UK, after he beat prostate cancer in 2014.

This will not be the the first time Mr Coxon has taken on the stage, as he cycled 117 miles from Mont St Michael in Brittany to Utah Beach in Normandy in 2016 and cycled more than 120 miles in the famed Grand Depart of the Tour de France in 2018.

Holding a fundraising event in town supermarkets at the weekend, Mr Coxon raised £730 for Prostrate Cancer UK before he even saddles up, riding the equivalent of his trip on an exercise bike at Tesco and Morrisons.

Afterwards he thanked the Leader for coverage of the fundraiser, adding that among the well-wishers he found himself getting photo-bombed by the leader of Wrexham Council, Councillor Mark Pritchard.

Mr Coxon said: "May I thank you for the publicity for my fundraising this weekend at Tesco and Morrisons stores.

"Thanks to the generosity of staff and customers I raised £730 for Prostate Cancer UK and gave out information. Leader of the Council photobombed me also!"

"So for the third time in four years, next June I shall be riding the 120 mile first stage of the Tour de France starting from Brussels and taking in some of the iconic cobbles and climbs of Flanders.

Mr Coxon hopes to raise £1,000 in total from the ride.

To contribute to Trevor's fundraiser, visit justgiving.com/fundraising/trevor-coxon4