PEOPLE across Bromsgrove, Rubery and South Birmingham are being urged to organise an event for Prostate Cancer UK.
The call comes after the first ever March for Men walking event in Canon Hill Park last month where 600 people stepped up to support the leading men’s health charity.
The family-friendly event saw amblers of a range of fitness levels walk in solidarity to celebrate and pay tribute to the special men in their lives.
Walkers, including many dogs, completed a 2km, 5km or 10km route around the park – and through sponsorship have so far raised an incredible £60k. These funds will go towards vital research into the diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer, with the aim to save men’s lives.
Joining the hundreds was actor and Prostate Cancer UK ambassador Rudolph Walker OBE, who highlighted in his speech at the start that 1 in 4 black men will get prostate cancer. He also congratulated and handed medals out at the finish line and posed for photos with adoring fans.
Over 325,000 men are living with and after prostate cancer in England. And over 20,000 men are living with the disease in Birmingham, Sandwell and Solihull, emphasising the need to raise awareness and funds.
Prostate Cancer UK Chief Executive Angela Culhane said: “We stand with men and for men: when diagnosis isn’t good enough, to fund research breakthroughs to provide better treatments, to campaign for better care, and with direct help through our support services.
“The fight against prostate cancer, a disease that kills one man every 45 minutes, is a purpose worth uniting for, and we want to continue making strides to combat this disease.
“That’s why our March for Men walking programme was bigger and better than ever this year with ten city marches in June up and down the country.
“We are constantly inspired by the incredible men, women and children who come out to support us, each with their own story, personal motivation and challenges to conquer. We are proud to walk side by side with them and together add to the real momentum building in the fight against this disease.
“The vital next step is to fund more ground-breaking research and work towards a screening programme, to catch prostate cancer early and save lives.”
Meanwhile, Sky Sports presenter Jeff Stelling will reprise his own March for Men, walking four marathons in four countries, in four days from September 5 to 8, kicking off in Glasgow, before visiting Belfast and then heading to Cardiff ahead of a sold-out finale in London on September 8.
To find out how you can get involved with Prostate Cancer UK’s March for Men visit: https://prostatecanceruk.org/get-involved/march-for-men or register your interest for next year’s event here: https://prostatecanceruk.org/get-involved/march-for-men/register-your-interest-for-next-year.