This summer we're touring areas with a high Black population to get an important message out there. 1 in 4 Black men will get prostate cancer. So we've got our double decker bus and are hitting the road to talk to people about what they need to know about prostate cancer and how they can help.

On our third weekend of the tour we're in Birmingham.

27 Aug 2015

Last weekend we were in Birmingham, and on Saturday the sun was shining down on our double decker bus in the Bullring.

1 in 4 tour bus birmingham

The weekend’s activities had already started with excitement as the Sky TV cameras visited our offices on Friday for a feature that went on Sky News on Saturday morning. So by the time we reached Birmingham, there was already a buzz of excitement with people coming from across the region to see us.

It was probably the busiest weekend we’d had so far with hundreds of people talking to our passionate band of volunteers and taking loads of our health information, not to mention the thousands who would have simply seen the bus due to the busy location

There was also some amazing stories to be heard and experiences had. One woman decided to take a picture of the bus and text it to her brother, in his 50s, encouraging him to come down. A short while later, he arrived, spoke to the team and went home with leaflets about prostate cancer and speaking to this GP. Stories like this really mean so much to us and make everything worthwhile, because that simple chain of events could be the difference that saves a man's life.

On Sunday the bus moved on to a retail park on the edge of the city. We wanted to make sure we weren’t just reaching people in the heart of Birmingham but also people on the outskirts. Again, we spoke to lots of people wanting to know more about the disease. We also heard how devastating prostate cancer can be if it’s not caught early enough from our volunteers who’d been through it, reinforcing our takeaway message that – if caught early – it can often be successfully treated.

1 in 4 bus birmingham

While the day ended under a cloud (and lots of rain – thank you British summer time!) our weekend in Birmingham had been fantastic. Thank you to everyone who volunteered and helped to make it the success it was, not forgetting Birmingham Empowerment Forum for supporting us both in the lead-up to the event and for coming along on the day.

Next stop, Nottingham and Bristol...

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21 Aug 2015

This summer we're touring areas with a high Black population to get an important message out there. 1 in 4 Black men will get prostate cancer. So we've got our double decker bus and are hitting the road to talk to people about what they need to know about prostate cancer and how they can help.

On our second weekend of the tour we're in Manchester and Sheffield.

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