Prostate Project’s fi­nal push to fundrais­ing line

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A NEW crowd­fund­ing video is aim­ing to help the Prostate Project reach its fundrais­ing tar­get.

Over the last 19 years, the Sur­rey-based prostate can­cer char­ity has raised more than £8m. It hopes the new video will help in rais­ing the funds to com­plete the build­ing of its world-class Urol­ogy Cen­tre at Royal Sur­rey County Hos­pi­tal, Guild­ford.

The char­ity is pro­vid­ing al­most half the cost of the £4.2m build.

Tim Sharp, honorary pres­i­dent, said: “We need another £245,000 to add to the £1.755m we have in the bank.”

He added: “We hope it will be viewed and shared by many as we drive our ‘Race to the £2m Line’.”

Pre­sented by BBC news­reader, Ni­cholas Owen, the ‘Race to the Line’ video, which has been made and do­nated by the Lisa May Foun­da­tion, fea­tures clin­i­cians, pa­tients and re­searchers with di­rect ex­pe­ri­ence of the threat posed by this sec­ond largest male can­cer killer. They each make a personal ap­peal for a con­tri­bu­tion to the ‘Race to the Line’ ap­peal.

The Lisa May Foun­da­tion has been a long-time sup­porter of the Prostate Project do­nat­ing funds as well as mak­ing videos to show­case com­mu­nity work.

The new urol­ogy cen­tre will trans­form the pa­tient ex­pe­ri­ence at the Royal Sur­rey for men, women and chil­dren. Pro­fes­sor Stephen Lan­g­ley, clin­i­cal di­rec­tor of urol­ogy, said: “Our sta­tus as a Cen­tre of Ex­cel­lence in the di­ag­no­sis and treat­ment of prostate can­cer will be fur­ther en­hanced by this ex­cep­tional new fa­cil­ity. It is al­ready at­tract­ing high cal­i­bre per­son­nel who want to be part of the pi­o­neer­ing team at Guild­ford.”

Another ma­jor ben­e­fit will be a per­ma­nent re­search pres­ence in the new cen­tre. Es­tab­lished and jointly funded by the Prostate Project, Pro­fes­sor Hardev Pandha’s world-class can­cer re­search team are based at the Uni­ver­sity of Sur­rey but will now have much eas­ier ac­cess to RSCH pa­tients which will ac­cel­er­ate vi­tal trails and other sam­pling work.

The Prostate Project is a vol­un­teer led char­ity with no of­fices or paid staff. Ad­min costs are less than 4% re­sult­ing in at least 96% of raised funds go­ing di­rectly to the point of need.

Mr Sharp added: “Very many thanks to Cheryl D’Cruz and Nick Ran­som from Lisa May who have spent hun­dreds of hours putting this ex­cel­lent video to­gether for us.”

The video can be viewed and do­na­tions made at http://uk.vir­gin­money­giv­ing .com/ fund/ urol­o­gy­cen­tre.

From left: Eleanor Smith, re­search co­or­di­na­tor; Nick Ran­som, pro­ducer/di­rec­tor; Cheryl D’Cruz, fundrais­ing man­ager, Lisa May Foun­da­tion; Ni­cholas Owen and Tim Sharp, hon pres­i­dent, The Prostate Project

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