FORMER star trials rider Rob Edwards has raised almost £3,500 for a hospital unit which helped him overcome serious health problems.

The Teessider became ill in his 20s when he was a star of the Spanish Montesa trials team, with 20 national trials under his belt including the 1974 Scott Trial, and was wrongly diagnosed as having asthma.

His terrible breathing problems forced him to take early retirement at 30, but his condition has greatly improved since treatment from Dr Amanda Isdale, consultant rheumatologist at the Friarage hospital, Northallerton.

She rightly diagnosed that he was suffering from a rare illness called Chung Strauss Syndrome.

To express his gratitude, Edwards rallied his motorcycle contacts and, with the help of Guisborough Motor Club, organised an appeal trial to help fund a new hydro-therapy pool for the rheumatology department at the Friarage.

The event, held at Cam House Farm, Bilsdale, was a great success with 76 riders taking part.

Edwards is pictured above (right) handing over the cheque to Dr Isdale, rheumatology specialist nurse Cath Hutton and physiotherapist Nicola Goodwin.

More money is still needed for the pool and anyone who would like to make a donation can contact Rob Edwards on 01642 320955 or Dr Isdale at the Friarage hospital.