A resounding success for Stone Lions Club

Back row left to right – Julie Rich,Lion Mike Ward,David Baxter-Smith Consultant Urologist (retired) Karen Burton, Jane Smith. Front row left to right – Pam Naden, Jeanette Barrington, Lion President Chris Handley,Jean Hodson and Lion Glyn Ravenscroft.


Prostate Cancer is a disease which often presents no symptoms but is targeting men in the UK. It can often be detected by a simple blood test which means that it can be successfully treated.

With the help of Urologist David Baxter Smith, a team of nurses from Mansion House, Cumberland House and Newport medical centres, sponsorship from local individuals, businesses and organisations and loads of enthusiasm from Club Members, a Prostate Awareness evening took place on Tuesday 29th September; a completely different venture for Stone Lions Club and an exciting new service project.

During the evening, 140 men took advantage of the free PSA blood tests offered and all should have received their results by the time The Gazette goes to press.
Speaking on behalf of Stone Lions Club, Lion President Chris Handley commented

“The evening was a great success and it is very gratifying to know that we have possibly changed the lives of some of the men who attended. Statistics have shown that approximately 10% of men who take the blood test are identified as requiring further investigation because of higher than normal PSA levels in the blood, which may be an early sign of Prostate Cancer. These men will be advised to consult their GP, supported by a letter from the Consultant Urologist, to ensure necessary action can be taken to prevent any cancer developing if it is found to be present.”
“I would personally like to thank Lions Mike Ward and Glyn Ravenscroft for their hard work in organizing the event and their conviction that it would be a success. We are already planning next year’s event.”

Stone Lions Club would like to say a big Thank You for the help received from sponsors of this event:

Canal Cruising, Cottage Furniture, Crown Street Garage, Dave Fox Cars, Disabled Aids Cannock, Fairway Service Station, Hill and Swift, Mountford’s Ironmongers, Mr Roy Lovatt, Councillor Mrs Joyce Farnham, Ms Becky Ward, Mrs June Richards, Snooty Madam, Staffordshire County Council (via Councillor Philip Jones), Stone Town Council, Stone Tyre Repairs and to the Stone House Hotel for allowing the use of their Ballroom free of charge.

ED. What a stunning result – which just goes to show that Stone’s community organisations make things happen in the town. Well done Lions, for this, and all the other initiatives that unite you as a club and benefit the community.