The Prostate Project helps men live a ‘Good Life’.
We recently welcomed a very special guest to Guildford, none other than our newest patron, Felicity Kendal.
A face and voice familiar to millions thanks to her role as Barbara in the Good Life as well as numerous other star turns on stage and screen, Felicity expressed her delight at becoming a patron, describing the Prostate Project as an organisation ‘close to my heart’.
Taking a break from rehearsals for Anything Goes, soon to start a run at The Barbican in London, Felicity was given a tour of the £6 million unit, by Clinical Director of Urology and Prostate Project Trustee, Professor Stephen Langley.
Felicity Kendall is launching the Prostate Project campaign to raise awareness of the importance of early detection of the number one cancer killer in men, prostate cancer. She is appealing to women to encourage their menfolk to visit their GP to discuss the benefits of having a PSA blood test if they are aged 50+, have a family history, are black or have any symptoms. As Felicity says ‘It’s up to us to make sure our men lead a good life, and a long life’.
The visit also allowed Ms Kendal the opportunity to film a short series of videos, including a very special thank you to the NHS on the occasion it is 73rd ‘birthday’, paying special tribute to ‘everyone at the Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust, for their extraordinary skill and commitment during the course of a year like no other’.
Alf Turner, Chairman of the Prostate Project spoke on behalf of the charity.
We are delighted to have Felicity join us as our newest patron. Having the support of an icon, particularly someone as universally loved by an entire generation, is a boost for everyone involved with the Prostate Project.
The facts about prostate cancer are stark, but it needn’t be the killer it currently is. With early detection, survival rates are incredibly high and all it takes is a simple PSA blood test.
Right now, prostate cancer is the UK’s most common cancer, claiming 12,000 men per year. Men who are aged 50 and over, have a family history of the disease and/or are black are most at risk of developing prostate cancer, and should contact their GP to discuss the benefits of having the PSA test, which helps detect the disease.
This is the message that Felicity is helping us to deliver, and we are extremely grateful for her selfless and generous support.’
Today, fundraising remains vital, raising money to produce ground breaking research and deliver state-of-the-art treatment for men with prostate cancer, working alongside the Royal Surrey County Hospital, St Luke’s Cancer Centre and Frimley Park Hospital in their efforts to detect and treat prostate cancer, by funding awareness campaigns, purchasing equipment, and sponsoring specialist nursing staff.