Target smash in aid of prostate cancer

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Local employer Scotmid Co-operative and 2013/14 charity partner Prostate Cancer UK have raised nearly double the partnership’s original fund-raising target of £150,000.

Of the money, which totalled £280,000, £150,000 will go towards an awareness programme to help tackle this problem by educating more men about their risk of the disease. The remaining £130,000 will be pumped into pioneering prostate cancer research

The Prostate Cancer UK charity partnership is the most successful in Scotmid’s history. Staff, members and customers from across Scotmid’s businesses – which has an outlet in Montrose – have undertaken a bumper year of fund-raising challenges to smash their target.

More than 15,400 charity pin badges have also been sold in stores.

As well as raising funds, the partnership was to increase the awareness of prostate cancer. At present almost nine in ten men in Scotland at higher risk of prostate cancer are unaware of their increased vulnerability and are therefore not having conversations with GPs that could save their lives

Owen Sharp, chief executive of Prostate Cancer UK, said: “The staff, members and customers of Scotmid Co-operative have put their heart and soul into this partnership, and the results are there for all to see. Prostate Cancer UK is determined to make this terrible disease a thing of the past, and this record breaking sum will help us take another significant step towards this ultimate destination. We cannot thank Scotmid enough for its incredible support.”

John Brodie, chief executive of Scotmid Co-operative, said: “To raise a record amount is absolutely outstanding, and I would like to thank all of our staff, customers and members for their support. It was the first time we have partnered with a charity representing a cancer that only affects men, but our staff were more than up to this new challenge.”