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I am a Prostate Cancer UK supporter and have been since 2011 when I was first diagnosed with prostate cancer at the age of 49. It wasn’t until then that I found out that prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK with 40,000 men being diagnosed and 10,000 men dying from prostate cancer each year in the UK.

The most disturbing thing for me, apart from hearing those fearful words “you’ve got cancer” was that I had no symptoms. I thought only ‘old men’ got prostate cancer. I was a fit 49 year old that played sport and knew that you should eat 5 portions of fruit and veg a day. I didn’t know exactly where my prostate was and certainly didn’t know what it did.

I’m so thankful that I had a routine check up and blood test because it was initially through my PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) test that provided important clues that after further investigation identified that, in fact, I did have prostate cancer. Fortunately for me my prostate cancer was diagnosed as early/low risk which meant that I had a choice of treatment. The danger if you wait until you have symptoms is that the cancer may have advanced to a less treatable stage, narrowing your choice of treatment and potentially affecting the quality of your life to a far greater extent. 

In November of 2011 I underwent Brachytherapy, a procedure where tiny radioactive seeds are implanted into your prostate.  Within 2 years of this treatment my PSA score needs to get to 0.4 or below and stay there for 5 years for me to be considered prostate cancer free. There is a long way to go.   

To raise awareness of prostate cancer amongst others my plan is to walk 500 miles. Many of these walks will be around the perimeter of sporting stadiums within the UK, where men predominantly gather to watch sport a) to highlight just how common prostate cancer is and b) to encourage all males of all ages to be aware of the benefits of adopting a healthy diet/lifestyle and for those men over the age of 40 to routinely have a health check. They owe it to their loved ones and most importantly they owe it to themselves.

Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity and make sure Gift Aid is reclaimed on every eligible donation by a UK taxpayer. So it’s the most efficient way to donate - I raise more, whilst saving time and cutting costs for the charity.

I truly appreciate your support.

David x

If you are on Facebook please 'LIKE' http://www.facebook.com/pages/Raise-awareness-of-prostate-cancer/235616586530020?ref=tn_tnmn#!/pages/Raise-awareness-of-prostate-cancer/235616586530020 to help raise awareness

Or you can follow me on Twitter @DavidAnnand

 

Raising money for

PROSTATE CANCER UK

PROSTATE CANCER UK

Charity Registration No. 1005541 and in Scotland (SC039332)

Prostate Cancer UK fights to help more men survive prostate cancer and enjoy a better quality of life. We find answers by funding ground-breaking research, we lead change by raising the profile of the disease and improving care. And we support men by providing vital information and services.

Donations 175

Donated by customers of the Red Barn

Donation by Anonymous on 16/07/13

£9.75

+ £2.44 Gift Aid

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So proud of your charity work and the amount of effort you put into creating awareness. An amazing year and a fantastic result. Lots of love xxx

Donation by Frankie Annand on 23/06/13

£20.00

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What an incredible year, you've been an inspiration and I'm really proud of you. Congratulations on an amazing total of £18,000!! xx

Donation by Lisa Annand on 16/06/13

Donation by Anonymous on 29/05/13

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

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Thanks to those that dropped a few pennies in the tin in our hallway either on the way in or on the way out :-)

Donation by Anonymous on 29/05/13

£17.41

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Brilliant thing you're doing David. Very inspirational. Getting closer to your target all the time. Melodie

Donation by Melodie Greenwell on 18/05/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Donated by Sally Courtney

Donation by S.Courtney on 17/05/13

£10.00

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Inspirational stuff, David. Thank you for all you are doing.

Donation by Paul Parrish on 15/05/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Hi David Congratulations on raising so much money for such a good cause. You are nearly at £17,000 and I hope you make it all the way to the big 20!

Donation by Alison Smith on 14/05/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Donation from Nick Houghton

Donation by N. Houghton on 11/05/13

£100.00

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Congratulations David, love from Marge G

Donation by Margaret Garlinge on 04/05/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Hi David, Fantastic awareness campaign. Keep up the good work.

Donation by Dean E and family on 01/05/13

£20.00

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This is a fab video and a fantastic feat for a deserving charity, wishing you the best, Kind regards

Donation by Jeanette Devine on 29/04/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Brilliant video - inspirational - really enjoyed it!

Donation by Linda Bentley on 28/04/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Well done David, nearly there now, keep it up!

Donation by Joanne Hargraves on 28/04/13

£20.00

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WOW great commitment David keep at it!

Donation by Emma Devoy on 28/04/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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David, I wish you every success with your campaign.

Donation by John White on 25/04/13

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Fantastic work! Well done and keep walking!

Donation by Elisabeth Mancini on 25/04/13

£25.00

+ £6.25 Gift Aid

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Donated by Craig Marley

Donation by Anonymous on 22/04/13

£23.00

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Fantastic effort David! xxx

Donation by Pippa Crouch on 19/04/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 17/04/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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You're doing a fantastic job David & Lisa is obviously a great support. Hope to see you soon. Lots of love Debbie & Lee xxx

Donation by Debbie Pringle on 17/04/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Great work David, keep going..

Donation by Patrick Foyle on 16/04/13

£25.00

+ £6.25 Gift Aid

Donation by Gemma Turner on 15/04/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 15/04/13

£25.00

+ £6.25 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£5,359.31
  • Offline donations£12,622.54
  • Text donations£48.00
  • Total raised£18,029.85
  • Gift Aid£680.14

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