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 our hitting the road to talk to people about what they need to know about prostate cancer and how they can help.
Our first stop is Leeds.
It's the first weekend of our tour as the roadshow starts off in Leeds. After months of planning it's fantastic to see our branded double decker bus arrive in Victoria Square in Leeds city centre.
The bus was filled with an array of our health information publications , posters of all our roadshow celebrity supporters, and a quiet zone for men wanting a more private conversation. Outside, we set up a gazebo decorated in bunting and a second information stand. There was no mistaking whose bus this was – Prostate Cancer UK literally in a town near you.
Driving the campaign (not the bus) with us this weekend was a team of, six dedicated and enthused Men United volunteers, and for some this was their very first day volunteering with the charity – welcome to the team. Arthur and Malcom, both of whom had had a diagnosis of prostate cancer, were keen to get stuck in. Colin and his 15 year old son Lewis, both no strangers to volunteering at our events, came with bags of enthusiasm and finally Paula, who’s dad had been affected by prostate cancer.
Before we could even finish giving our pep talk for the day, we had members of the public intrigued about our bus. One gentleman we spoke to was a man whose father had been recently diagnosed with prostate cancer. Having no prior knowledge of Prostate Cancer UK, he was keen to flick through the various information booklets we had on display. He told us his father would really benefit from talking to other men who had been affected by prostate cancer. Our Men United volunteer, Colin, chimed in and talked him through our one-to-one peer support service, and how great it had been for him. His sheer enthusiasm was infectious, and for this man, actually talking to someone who had been through prostate cancer and was able to talk with such positivity, you could see had a real impact on him. He took away a few leaflets, and he decided to join Men United.
It was exactly the positive start we needed, and before we knew it, ITV turned up and was asking Tony Wong, our African and African Caribbean Project Manager, to do a short interview. As the weekend went on we spoke to lots of people from various backgrounds and ethnicities, all keen to find out more about prostate cancer.
It was a great start to our campaign, so next stop; Manchester and Sheffield.