In a recent successful visit to Nottingham Races the charity supported the presence of “Prostate Awareness” a 2 year old flat racehorse, bought to fulfil a lifelong dream by Colin Peach, and to help ‘spread the word’, the charity tested 24 men with 21 greens, 1 amber and 2 reds.
The event was well supported by the Racecourse and everybody present as a result of which, with the help of experienced racing journalist and prostate cancer sufferer David Ashforth, an initial programme of five more events is being rolled out across the Midlands during early 2014 with hopefully more to follow. The events will be at Towcester on January 19th; Wolverhampton on January 31st; Market Rasen on February 16th, Leicester Races on February 25th and Huntingdon on March 2nd.
There will also be a testing session at the stables of Patrick Holmes – the horses’ trainer during Middleham Open Day on Good Friday. If successful the plan will then be to roll them out across the country so that racegoers will have the opportunity to be tested. In addition an awareness raising event together with testing will be held at The Pheasant in Lambourn on February 18th again thanks to the enthusiasm and support of David Ashforth.
The charity is hoping to get bookmaker or other industry specialist sponsorship for this programme of events. Graham Fulford for the charity said “As a lifelong horse racing fan I’m particularly excited at the opportunity this will give us to ‘spread the word’ in a relaxed, friendly, environment where our “target audience” will be much in evidence”.
The charity supported a mental health workers ‘wellbeing day’ at Jepson House in Nuneaton on Friday 13th December by offering prostate awareness information and a free psa test to any staff who wanted one.
For the charity Graham said “They say it’s unlucky Friday 13th but for us it was just the opposite. It was a real privilege to be able to give something back to our hardworking NHS employees who do so much for all of us every day of the week. I would particularly like to thank Sheila Franks the Staff Engagement Officer who invited us and who made us so welcome”.
The charity hopes to work even more closely with Sheila and her team during 2014 and has already pencilled in supporting more staff wellbeing days at Brooklands Hospital; The Railings; St Michaels; Paybody; Walsgrave; Wayside and Jepson House again.