Newsletter from Gary on Two Projects
Friday, 10th June 2016
Privacy and Dignity at Leighton Hospital
I was approached by Philippa Pordes who is the Privacy and Dignity Matron at Leighton Hospital. Philippa is responsible for those with Adult Learning Disabilities and she wanted to provide accommodation for adults separately from children with similar issues. The logical solution to me seemed for the adults to have their own clinic away from the children but Philippa told me that she needed funds to provide some equipment, TV, chairs, tables etc. I have therefore donated £1,000, which should cover just about everything required.
Primary School Children Show How to Spread the Word
I have been working on a Prostate Cancer initiative with the Sir William Stanier Community School in Crewe which has been a real eye opener. The Sir William Stanier Academy is a secondary school that has under its umbrella the St. Michael's and Monk's Coppenhall junior schools, in which the ages range from 5 to 11.
The school asked me to set the students, working in teams of 10, some challenges regarding prostate cancer. The challenges I gave them were:
- find out as much as they could about prostate cancer
- decide how would they promote Prostate Cancer awareness
- propose how would they raise funds to promote awareness
- produce a logo around our “Save-A-Dad” slogan (shown above)
The outcome was interesting, in fact amazing. I was staggered at the lengths they went to in getting their results.
- Firstly, these children actually raised and donated to our Group a total of £1,800
- Secondly, their research uncovered the seriously worrying and startling fact that some 80% of their Dads, Granddads and Uncles knew nothing about their prostate. Well, they do now!
- Thirdly, the Juniors from Monks Coppenhall Junior school even wrote and sang a song called “Save-A-Dad”, which I’m hoping they will perform at their Sports Day event on Friday 8thJuly, more about which later
I have given literally hundreds of talks all over the country regarding awareness of prostate cancer and it has taken an 8 year old girl to ask me a question I have never before been asked". She asked “How has cancer affected your life?”. For the first time I was able to say just what cancer meant to me when I was diagnosed with those awful words, “you have cancer”
I met with the Principal and discussed how the school and Group could help each other. The school came up with the proposal for a “Run for Life and Save-A-Dad” at their sports day on Friday 8thJuly 2016; an event at which all the pupils can take part. There will be stalls dotted around the field and the opportunity to participate in other games etc. I offered to organize a PSA testing session for early detection of prostate cancer for men over 40 years old (including some of the Teachers!)
Invitations will go out to B.B.C Radio Stoke, local MP, Mayor of Crewe, etc. If there are any members who could have a stall of some description would be good, otherwise all will be welcome to help out. They have in the past raised between £3,000 & £4,000 so it should be good.
The Academy has been given a highly recommended award for the schools science curriculum so I did suggest we could donate further funding for a particular project in this field as science is one of the subjects the Government is particular interested in helping to bring it once more to the fore and as the school has seemingly got a good track record in this field we should have the benefit of National Media attention, especially as this must be a first anywhere in the UK that such a group like ours is helping to fund a school's curriculum.
The sporting section is now also hoping to develop a boxing class to integrate with all the other sporting disciplines such as football, Taekwondo in which they boast the under 18’s ITF World Champion 2015. There are quite a number of other pupils who hold various sporting titles.
I’m sure we can make this a purposeful opportunity to show what a group like ours has achieved during the past 16 years in promoting awareness and also helping in the community in providing the opportunity for men to be tested for early detection prostate cancer; and ensuring youngsters be given the chance to participate in sports through our sponsorship and perhaps for some to take up science for the good of not only themselves, but also the UK.
Please come along to the Sports Day if you can. The day starts at about 9:00am and the first race will set off at around 9.40. The presentation of the big cheque and the logo will probably be around 10.30 just before the second race.
Gary Steele M.B.E.
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