Prostate Project’s final push to fundraising line
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