An Ellon duo has gone the extra mile to raise funds to fight the most common cancer in men.
On Sunday 25 May friends Gemma Beedie & Glynis Buchan successfully completed the grueling 26mile 365 yard route of the Edinburgh Marathon to help Prostate Cancer UK fund research, support men and deliver change for those affected by the killer disease.
Gemma and Glynis completed the course in 4hrs 5 mins and raised over £1,000 so far. The pair decided to run on behalf of Prostate Cancer UK in support of Gemma’s father who has previously been diagnosed with the disease.
Fiona Dunlop, Scotland Fundraising Manager at Prostate Cancer UK, said: “Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men and is predicted to be the most common cancer overall by 2030. We are absolutely determined to beat this disease, but this would not be possible without people like Gemma and Glynis going over and above the call of duty to raise funds for the cause.
“We are so grateful to them for this incredible effort. Every penny raised will be put to good use helping men with the disease today, and finding answers to beat the disease in the future.”
The fundraising feat comes during Prostate Cancer UK’s ‘Men United v Prostate Cancer’ campaign, which uses the language of sport to engage men in the battle against the disease. Scottish football legend Denis Law, chat-show king Sir Michael Parkinson and comic icon Bill Bailey are among those backing the campaign.
Prostate Cancer UK charity partner Scotmid Co-operative, which recently smashed its £150,000 annual fundraising target for the charity within just 6 months, is also backing the campaign via a series of events at its stores throughout Scotland.
Men - and women - are encouraged to go online to search ‘Men United’ to get involved by testing their knowledge of the disease with a simple quiz, and signing for the team. They can also pledge their allegiance by proudly wearing the charity’s ‘Man of Men’ pin badge. To sign for Men United visit: www.prostatecanceruk.org/menunited
Notes to Editors:
About Prostate Cancer UK’s involvement in the Edinburgh Marathon Festival:
Prostate Cancer UK has a team of 150 runners taking part in the Edinburgh Marathon Festival weekend and is aiming to raise over £50,000 from the event.
Men United – The Facts:
To speak to Gemma and/or Glynis please call 01358 720 205 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information or prostate cancer or Prostate Cancer UK, please contact Alistair Haw, Campaigns & Media Manager, on 0141 314 0050 or email email@example.com