The annual Prostate Cancer Awareness evening, hosted by Stone Lions Club, broke all previous records when a grand total of 391 local men went along to the Stone House Hotel on September 25 to undergo a routine PSA blood test.
Four years ago, at the first event, 140 men were tested and the number of participants has increased year on year, with the number attending this year’s event exceeding all expectations.
Lion President Paul Martin confirmed the club’s commitment to this project. He said:
“With there being no provision for such tests to be carried out routinely under the NHS, Stone Lions Club, along with a number of other Lions Clubs in the UK, will continue to offer this service for as long as we are able.
“Statistics indicate that around 1 in 10 of men tested will require further investigation by their doctor and, although this does not always mean that there is a definite problem, we have been contacted by a number of men who have been successfully treated for prostate cancer after attending one of our sessions in the past. This demonstrates the importance of continuing to provide annual testing.
“I would like to add my personal thanks to those Lions who have been working over many months to organise this event. Watch out for September 2019 when we will do it all over again!”
Stone Lions Club appreciates that the event is only made possible by donations from local businesses, individuals and organisations and would like to thank those who contributed this year, namely Regent Travel, Staffordshire County Council Community Fund (Councillor Jill Hood), Stone Town Council, Stone Rural Parish Council, Barlaston Parish Council, Hilderstone Parish Council, Milwich with Fradswell Parish Council, St Michael’s Lodge Stone, Stone Round Table, Capula, Schneider Electric, NFU Mutual, The Stone & Eccleshall Gazette, Iron Mountain, Optic Leisure, Dave Fox Cars, Canal Cruising, Stone Tyres, The Borehole, Thoughts, Hanley Economic Building Society, Mr A James and the Stone House Hotel.
Thanks must also go to the team of phlebotomists who worked tirelessly all evening.
Stone Lions asked participants to consider making a donation towards the cost of their test (currently around £17) if at all possible and happily a considerable amount of money was also collected on the night.
If you feel that you would be able to offer any sponsorship next year, please contact Stone Lions Club on 0845 833 8478.