Families walk at Blaise Castle in the name of men’s health
Over 600 people flocked to take part in the first March for Men fundraising event in Bristol in June at Blaise Castle.
The event raised vital funds to help beat prostate cancer – a disease which kills one man every 45 minutes.
Supporters young and old took part from across the area walking a choice of distances around a circular route, many with a personal connection to the disease.
Ex Liverpool and Bristol Rovers player Nick Tanner, who took part with a group of friends, said: “It was a fantastic day in Bristol, we had over 600 people turn up to March for Men which was an incredible amount. I was joined by my friends to make up TeamTanner and walked in memory of my Dad Dennis who sadly lost his life to prostate cancer, so it was quite an emotional day as well as lots of fun. I was proud to be able to say a few words on stage about the importance of the day and cut the ribbon at the start too.”
“It was great to hear so many people having conversations and talking about prostate cancer. Together we are raising more awareness and vital funding for research into this disease to help support men and their families. I encourage as many people in Bristol as possible to get involved by organising their own March for Men and help us stop prostate cancer being a killer.”
The event formed part of Prostate Cancer UK’s wider walking programme, March for Men, which includes six other local walks across the UK this June.
As participants crossed the finish line they were awarded with medals and greeted by cheers, before they could relax in the sun with their loved ones, or have a mooch around the event village. And it wasn’t only people who took part in the March – dozens of dogs participated.
On hand was a Specialist Nurse who answered questions from participants about the disease and where their fundraising efforts are spent.
Over 4,900 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer in the South-West each year, with over 1,240 men dying from the disease, and almost 23,500 living with and beyond prostate cancer.
Prostate Cancer UK’s chief executive, Angela Culhane said: “We are delighted with the success of our March for Men event in Bristol. The number of people who united showing passion and dedication to supporting Prostate Cancer UK was phenomenal. One man dies every 45 minutes from prostate cancer, and we now know this disease is the third biggest cancer killer. That’s unacceptable.
“However, through events such as this, we hope to raise further awareness and funds so that more men’s lives can be saved and we can make prostate cancer a disease that the next generation need not fear. We thank everyone of all ages who took part (not forgetting the four-legged participants!) and all those who donated.”
Many people are unaware that prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men. One man will die from prostate cancer every 45 minutes in the UK. That’s over 11,800 men a year. Based on current trends, if we ignore prostate cancer and do nothing, this number will rise to over 14,500 men a year by 2026.
For more information about Prostate Cancer UK’s March for Men programme, visit marchformen.org