THE MONTROSE branch of Keyline Builders Merchants, located at Waldron Road, has raised more than £1,200 for The Prostate Cancer Charity.
The branch has organised a series of local fund-raising initiatives as part of a nationwide Keyline campaign that has so far generated nearly a quarter of a million pounds to help combat prostate cancer by funding research and directly helping those affected by the disease.
In addition to events such as sponsored walks, marathon running and charity balls, a number of normally clean-shaven members of staff took part in last year’s moustache charity event ‘Movember’, where people grow a moustache during the month of November.
Meanwhile, others were amongst 24 teams from Keyline that took part in an Italian Job Rally that involved driving over 1,500 miles from Northfleet in Kent to Turin in Northern Italy.
The charity initiative has included a large number of local and national fund-raising events across almost 90 branches and offices within Keyline’s business.
As a result, more than 1,000 employees nationwide, along with customers and suppliers, have been helping to champion the charity to increase awareness and raise valuable funds for this important health cause.
Paul McGurk, branch manager at Keyline’s Montrose location, said: “Working within the construction industry, a predominantly male dominated industry, prostate cancer is a very real health concern for our staff, customers and suppliers.
“Everyone at the branch has really embraced the campaign and worked hard to support this worthy and relevant cause, so I would like to thank everyone for their effort and dedication.”
Owen Sharp, chief executive at The Prostate Cancer Charity, commented: “Keyline has done an amazing job raising vital money and awareness of the disease since the start of the partnership.
“It is fantastic to see they have gone above and beyond all expectations and raised a huge £244,068.50 for the Charity.
“This is a clear sign of their ongoing support, dedication and commitment to helping us fight prostate cancer.”
Keyline entered into a two-year national partnership with The Prostate Cancer Charity at the end of 2009, which has since been extended until 2014.
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men affecting more than 250,000 and their families within the UK.
One man dies from prostate cancer every hour, yet nine out of 10 adults do not know what the prostate gland does.