THREE members of the chaplaincy team at the Alexandra Hospital have raised more than £600 to a bid to raise awareness of men’s health.
Keith Bailey, Mark Herauville and the Rev David Ryan each made a pledge to walk 60km during November as part of the ‘Movember’ fundraising drive.
“Movember is about growing a moustache for charity but as all three of us already had facial hair we hit upon running and walking instead,” said Keith, who has been a volunteer for the chaplaincy service in A&E for the past five years.
Keith clocked up the miles at the Abbey Stadium, around Arrow Valley Lake and pounded the corridors of the Alex to hit his target.
Their three chosen charities were Prostate Cancer UK, the Rory the Robot appeal for a surgical robot for the Alex and Preventing Suicide in Men.
Prostate Cancer UK is a charity close to 70-year-old Keith’s heart as he’s been through the diagnosis and treatment for the disease.
“There are an awful lot of men being diagnosed with it – they say as many as one in eight white men and one in four black men will suffer from it, due to a genetic difference,” said Keith.
The Rory the Robot campaign aims to raise enough money – £1million – for a surgical robot to be installed at the Alex to carry out prostate and bladder operations with minimal invasiveness promising the benefits of faster surgery, faster recovery and less time in hospital.
“We are grateful to everyone who has supported us, in the hospital, local churches and wider community, and to raise awareness and this money for men’s health,” said Rev Ryan.
“We’ve enjoyed the challenge, and seen the benefits for our own health too!”