In 2017, I attended the Wadebridge Wheels event, in Cornwall, where I helped to raise money for the Restormel Mind Association by challenging the public to set their fastest time driving slot racing cars. Yes, I know, not the usual thing a writer gets up to, but it was for a good cause. The slot racing was very popular and we were invited to return in 2018.
When we returned in 2018, we were given a more prominent spot, as all the money raised we would raise from the slot racing track would be donated to the Wadebridge Rotary’s chosen charity for the year – The Chestnut Appeal for Prostate Cancer. The Chestnut Appeal was founded in 1999 and has since gone on to be at the forefront of prostate cancer care in the region by supporting the very latest in treatments and technology. They would not be able to help in this way if it wasn’t for community fundraising and donations from the public.
Some men are not great at seeking health advice. Quite often it is the woman in their life who encourages them to seek help when they discover there is a problem. This is just as well as one in three men, over the age of 50, have some cancer cells within their prostate. Nearly all men over the age of 80 have a small area of prostate cancer. Fortunately, most of these cancers grow extremely slowly and, particularly in elderly men, will never cause any problems. However, in a small proportion of men, the prostate cancer does grow more quickly and may spread to other parts of the body. This means that a man should remain vigilant for any changes in their body and seek help when required. If you are concerned about your brother, husband, boyfriend or father, do encourage them to get themselves checked out by their GP. If you are a man reading this, just remember, silence is your enemy. Please tell someone and seek medical advice if you are experiencing symptoms. I have lost members of my own family due to late diagnosis. It is better to check it out and be reassured that all is well, than try to ignore the problem, which may never go away.
On a more happier note, the event was great fun and we raised a lot of money. I met lots of great people who were enjoying a fabulous day out. I hope someone, somewhere, will benefit from the donations we raised and gave to the Chestnut Appeal.