‘March for Men’ 2017 was a huge success with over 300 people participating in the charity event.
At 9:30am this morning, men, women and children participated in either walking, marching or running 1km, 5km or 10km along Bournemouth seafront to raise money for new equipment for bladder and prostate cancer patients in the Royal Bournemouth Hospital.
Over 150,000 men are treated every year at the hospital, thousands of those being urological patients with prostate or testicular concerns.
The Bournemouth Hospital Charity’s ‘March for Men’ aims to spread the awareness of major men’s health issues as well as raising funds for new equipment to treat patients facing those issues.
The Mayor of Bournemouth, Councillor Eddie Coope, ran 10k in the charity event and cut the ribbon to start the march.
Nerve News spoke to Janet Coope, the Mayoress of Bournemouth, about their involvement with the charity:
The ‘March for Men’ is one of my husband’s charities so it’s very dear to his heart and I’ve come to support him.
It’s so lovely to see that so many people have turned up here today.
Antonio Scott, who works in the theatre department at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital, ran 5k for the charity:
I came here today because my mum found out a few weeks ago that she has cancer and that’s why I’m here.
Helen Parvin works at Poole Hospital and raised £50 for the charity:
My father died of prostate cancer which is a very important reason why I’m doing the ‘March for Men’.
I also work with the urology consultants and know that funding is dreadful.
From previous years, the Royal Bournemouth Hospital has been able to purchase equipment such as the da Vinci robot which has treated over 200 patients with prostate cancer and an Olympus image management hub used by the Hospital’s Urology Consultants.