The Men United movement is 200,000 strong, and counting. But it would soon grind to a halt if it wasn’t for the best team of volunteers known to man. By joining them, you’ll be making a real difference in the fight against prostate cancer. Have a read below to see what volunteering with us is all about.

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This month's focus: Match Day Collectors

Why Be a Match Day Collector?

If you are fascinated by being a fund raiser and you are wondering if this could be for you, please take the time to read why I chose to collect at football matches for Prostate Cancer UK. I hope by the time you have finished reading this short piece you will have made a firm decision to give it a go. You won’t be disappointed.

Why I chose to be a collector

I can’t remember the precise moment when I signed up. In the first instance I decided that this was some small thing that I could do. I realised that without fundraising, Prostate Cancer UK could not do their valuable work and I have been personally affected by prostate cancer in my family. There seemed to be a natural match between connecting with men and spreading the word. After my first collection I was hooked and I could not wait to do more.

What do I enjoy about it?

I enjoy connecting with men and women who are genuinely interested in knowing about more about prostate cancer. I have had many very useful conversations with people from different walks of life and I know that the conversations I have had with them have influenced them in some way to have that conversation with someone else. It is always good when people then go on to donate into your bucket. Quite thrilling really.

What challenges did I face and how did I overcome them?

People are warm hearted and generous. They treat you well and all are willing to help. Many people have thanked me for what I have done for men with prostate cancer and that is very satisfying. It is not always easy fundraising but the atmosphere is good and you will meet many different people, all of whom have their story to tell. Have courage and find the fundraiser in you. It is fun.

What have I learnt from being a collector?

I never knew what a buzz there is at a football match. You don’t have to be a football fan, but there is nothing like the atmosphere and excitement. Just be yourself and believe in what you are doing and you will find the confidence from within to be that real hero who will make a real difference to men who have this awful disease.

Give it a go and sign up for spring 2015 at a football match near you!

Best wishes,

Christine Emerson

Hosting an information stand

Alister Walker At Dundee College3

Man a stand and get information into the hands of people who need it most. Here, Bob gives his tips on how to be a good host, including setting up, appropriate places and handing out information.

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Talking to the media

Westminster

Sharing your experience with the media is a great way to build awareness for Prostate Cancer UK. Read John’s tips for dealing with the media, and the importance of preparation before you speak to a reporter.

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Making a difference

Jean Herd

As a volunteer, even small acts can make a huge difference. Jean explains how.

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Being a patient representative

Focus groups

Kenneth discusses the value of being a patient representative, taking part in focus groups and what you can learn from meeting others and sharing your views.

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