Tommy Walsh backs Travis Perkins prostate cancer awareness drive for Father’s Day

The Travis Perkins Group, the leading Builders' Merchant and DIY retailer which owns Travis Perkins, Keyline Builders' Merchants and Wickes, has teamed up with The Prostate Cancer Charity and TV personality, Tommy Walsh, to raise awareness of the disease to more than 18,000 employees in time for Father's Day.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK. It is a disease which kills 10,000 men every year in the UK. The Travis Perkins Group, which has 78% male employee base, has taken Father's Day as its inspiration to urge all of its employees to be aware of their health; help their loved ones become aware of their health, and encourage them to contact the Charity if they have any queries or concerns.

250,000 men are living with prostate cancer and for families affected by the disease, Father's Day can be a particularly significant time. The Travis Perkins Group and the Charity have sent a dedicated prostate cancer information leaflet to all employees with their payslip, and featured the campaign on its intranet. It includes a special message from celebrity builder Tommy Walsh, who has encouraged employees to share the information with their loved ones this Father's Day, and help the Charity and The Travis Perkins Group fight prostate cancer on every front.

Tommy Walsh said: "I am very proud to support the Travis Perkins Group who are this month joining forces with The Prostate Cancer Charity. More than 37,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year in the UK and one man dies every hour, so it is absolutely crucial that the men in your lives know as much as they can about this disease."

David Manning, Group Internal Communication Manager for The Travis Perkins Group, said: "With such a high proportion of our employees being men, it is only right that, as a leading company, we demonstrate our responsibility for their welfare by driving awareness of prostate cancer. We hope that, through the leaflet campaign and intranet feature, the awareness message has been delivered loud and clear, and employees check for signs of prostate cancer, seek the appropriate professional advice and make their loved ones aware."

Mark Bishop, Director of Fundraising for The Prostate Cancer Charity said: "Whilst awareness levels of prostate cancer are higher than they once were, it remains the most common cancer diagnosed in men in the UK. Finding out about the disease is critical in fighting prostate cancer. That's why we're thrilled that Travis Perkins is helping us to spread the message this Father's Day. Seventy eight per cent of Travis Perkins employees are men so it seemed like the perfect time to get the message across."

The Father's Day mailing complements the work by Keyline Builders' Merchants, part of the Travis Perkins Group. The company has worked in partnership with The Prostate Cancer Charity since November 2009, winning an award for the partnership at the Third Sector Business Charity Awards last month, which recognises the charitable contributions of corporate Britain.