Pentel saw its donations to Prostate Cancer UK reach well over £127,000 last year, making 2013 the most successful fundraising year so far.
Pentel has been a corporate partner to Prostate Cancer UK since 2009 and to date is proud to have raised a massive £331,549 for the charity! More than 1.3 million pens have been sold to help raise this fantastic sum, most of them limited edition, quick drying EnerGel Xm Retractable pens, with a donation of 25p per pen to Prostate Cancer UK. Specially created, eye-catching packaging and point of sale has been produced to highlight fundraising messages and encourage impulse purchasing.
Prostate Cancer UK fights to help more men survive prostate cancer and enjoy a better quality of life. The charity supports men and provides vital information, they find answers by funding research into causes and treatments, and they lead change, raising the profile of the disease and improving care.
Mark Bishop, Director of Fundraising at Prostate Cancer UK, said “Pentel have surpassed their previous brilliant efforts and we’re absolutely thrilled! We really appreciate the clear and continued motivation shown by the Pentel team to raise funds for Prostate Cancer UK. A huge thank you to Pentel and its customers for supporting us, and a disease which currently affects 250,000 men in the UK.”
Pentel Marketing Manager, Wendy Vickery, commented, “Thanks to the continued support of our customers and generosity of the public we’re able to keep setting the goalpost higher in our bid to raise even more money for Prostate Cancer UK. The next milestone will be to reach £500,000 and we’re confident that we’ll achieve this target before too long.”
The charity is currently engaged in its high profile ‘Men United v Prostate Cancer’ campaign, which aims to build a united front of men against the disease. Homeland star Damian Lewis, Game of Thrones hard man Charles Dance, Sir Michael Parkinson and rugby legend Will Carling - some of Britain’s most iconic figures – have already signed for Men United, a unique team ‘managed’ by comedian Bill Bailey. Men are being asked to sign here where they can also test their health knowledge by taking a quick quiz.
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About Prostate Cancer UK:
• Prostate Cancer UK fights to help more men survive prostate cancer and enjoy a better quality of life. We support men and provide vital information. We find answers by funding research into causes and treatments. And we lead change, raising the profile of the disease and improving care. We believe that men deserve better.
• Prostate cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in men in the UK. Over 40,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year. Every hour 1 man dies from prostate cancer. One in four Black men will develop prostate cancer at some point in their lives.
• Anyone with concerns about prostate cancer can call Prostate Cancer UK's confidential Helpline on 0800 074 8383 or visit www.prostatecanceruk.org. The helpline is free to landlines, staffed by specialist nurses, and open from 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday with late opening until 8pm on Wednesdays.
Men United – The Facts:
• Men United v Prostate Cancer is our call for men to join together in a movement against the common enemy of prostate cancer. The aim is to build a united front of men against this disease. We want to get the message out about one of the UK’s biggest man killers, support men affected by it, and intensify the search for more reliable tests and treatments for the future.
• Men are being asked to sign for Men United by visiting www.prostatecanceruk.org/menunited where they can also test their health knowledge by taking a quick quiz.
• The core audience is men over 45 who urgently need to know about this disease, and to do something about it. Men United is not exclusively for men. This is a movement for men, but women will be critical supporters and activists within it. But, the core idea is that men are very consciously facing their health and banding together to right a wrong.