30 Mar 2012

Willmott Dixon Partnerships' was looking rather blue recently when staff raised money in support of 'Out of The Blue Day' for Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.

Donning everything and anything blue, staff participated in Dress Down Days, raffles and competitions with some resourceful individuals finding a new way of 'sporting' standard issue shoe protectors.

Customer & Community Officer for Willmott Dixon Partnerships, Michael Pearson, said: "As a company, we are heavily involved in supporting local initiatives and charity events.  'Out of the Blue Day' seemed such a good idea to raise money and an opportunity to have a bit of fun at the same time.  The most important thing though is that we helped raise the profile of such an important subject, particularly as it's a subject that's still quite taboo and a lot of men are too embarrassed to discuss it."

The company also displayed official charity posters throughout offices and workplaces and distributed information sheets about the disease amongst staff.

Mark Bishop, Director of Fundraising at The Prostate Cancer Charity, said: "It's fantastic to see the staff of Willmott Dixon Partnerships throwing their support behind Prostate Cancer Awareness Month in such a quirky way.  Although the most common cancer in men, very little is known about prostate cancer and we are incredibly grateful to the team for helping us to spread the word about this disease.  It is only with the help of people like Willmott Dixon Partnerships we are able to give men the support and care they deserve."

Prostate cancer kills 10,000 men in the UK every year - that's one man every hour.  37,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year in the UK and currently there are 250,000 men living with the disease.

Monies raised will go direct to the Charity.

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