When Imogen Taylor found out her granddad had been diagnosed with prostate cancer, she took matters into her own hands with an innovative fundraiser to support him and thousands of other men affected by the disease.
Roger Taylor and his grand daughter Imogen have always been close, says Imogen’s mum, Amy Taylor. Trips to the Derbyshire Dales, walks in the park and fish and chips have all been on Roger’s (and Nanny Lynne’s) weekly agenda since Imogen was very little. “He’s a super Granddad,” says Amy.
This year Christmas will be a happier time in the Taylor household. Last year Roger, who turns 70 next May, began hormone therapy and radiotherapy to fight his prostate cancer diagnosis. On top of this he had to have a knee replacement surgery at the same time.
On hearing the news, Imogen, aged 8, decided to take action. With the help of her best friend Lillian, the two entrepreneurial children got their fundraising hats on with a novel idea to capture the attention of her classmates - and our fundraising team at Prostate Cancer UK.
Without her parents knowing, Imogen and Lillian asked their friends at school to make a £1 donation and to suggest a name for their toy guinea pig. The winner christened the guinea pig 'Podgey', and the girls came away with an impressive £14 for their efforts. Thrilled to hear about what her daughter had done, Amy matched Imogen’s efforts and made a donation of £28.
"It’s innovative ideas like this from Imogen which really inspire everyone who works for Prostate Cancer UK. The donation will go towards vital support men like Roger and their families, which is hugely important - particularly at Christmas," said Prostate Cancer UK's Director of Fundraising, James Beeby. £28 can pay for one of our Specialist Nurses for one hour. Our nurses help men affected by prostate cancer by providing essential medical, practical and emotional support.Help support men and their families this Christmas
And there’s more good news from the Taylor household. “Granddad Taylor has completed his treatment and has responded well, and he’s now on the Stampede drug trial,” reports proud mum Amy. As for Imogen, she’s looking forward to a Christmas playing Cluedo and Pie Face (if Santa delivers them) with her Granddad.
“I’m just happy Granddad doesn’t have to go to hospital every day now” says our superstar fundraiser, Imogen, now aged 9.