The Bury Free Press Beat It! appeal to raise enough money for a prostate probe has reached nearly 70 per cent of its £55,000 target.
Working with West Suffolk Hospital to raise the money we have also been raising awareness of a disease which affects around 1 in 14 men during their lifetime and is on the rise.
Prostate cancer is now recognised as the second leading cause of cancer death in men, killing 10,000 a year - that’s one every hour.
But an early ultrasound scan can mean early diagnosis, and a much improved chance of survival.
West Suffolk Hospital’s specialists test between 900 and 1,000 patients for the disease every year, but an update in technology is much-needed — and expensive.
That’s where you come in. We could not have raised the money without your help and we hope you will continue with your efforts as we hit the home straight.
We have seen everything from collections at funerals to fun events, like the cycle rides organised by St Edmunds Wheel and Frames Conservatories Direct’s Treasure Hunt around Bury St Edmunds.
Barry Peters, Bury Free Press editor who has lost four stones on his sponsored diet, said: “We have been stunned at how our readers have taken the Beat It! appeal to heart and supported it since it’s launch in January.
“We’re now confident that, with your help, we can raise the final amount we need to buy the probe.”
Throughout our campaign you can donate via our Just Giving page, which can be found at www.justgiving.com/BFP-Beat-It
You can also donate by texting Beat59 followed by a space and your donation amount (eg Beat59 £5) to 70070.
WYou may also send cheque, payable to Bury Free Press Beat It Appeal 2013 to Bury Free Press, King’s Road, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP28 8RQ.