We've sent out thousands of our 'Man of Men' Christmas decorations to people who've donated to our Christmas appeal. Donors are using them to remember loved ones and show their support for us by hanging them on their tree. Find out what Sky Sports presenter and fundraiser extraordinaire Jeff Stelling wrote on his, and how to share your story about the man on your tree.
This time of year reminds us that what we want – this year and every year – is to give more men Christmas with the people who love them. It's also a time when many families will feel the loss of a loved one missing from the festivities.
That's why we've created our special 'Man of Men' Christmas decorations, on which thousands of our donors have written a dedication or message to hang on their tree to remember husbands and fathers who’ve died of prostate cancer, friends and family who’ve been there to help someone through it, and the health professionals and researchers working to stop the disease.
For four-year-old Rory, who stars in our Christmas appeal, it's his grandad and 'mate forever' Bernie that he's dedicated his decoration to.
Celebrities at our recent Carols by Candlelight concert have shared theirs too. Actress, Gemma Oaten, who did a reading, was moved to tears when she talked about her dad, to whom she’s dedicated her Man of Men decoration. Originally diagnosed six years ago, he was given the all clear, only to be told two weeks ago that his prostate cancer has come back. Her message reads: "For my Dad, I love you, we will beat this again."
But it doesn’t have to be about just one man. Our fundraising hero, Jeff Stelling, has dedicated the man on his tree to all those who walked with him on his epic March for Men this year.
Two of those marchers, Anthony Hall and David Stott, joined him at the recent Just Giving awards, where he scooped a prize for his multiple-marathon March. This uncle-and-nephew team raised £10,000 walking together after David’s father was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2016.
We’d love to see your messages hanging on trees across the UK. Sadly it is now too late to request a decoration due to Christmas posting dates. But if you already have one, or even if you don't, please share your dedications and messages with us for the men who are in your thoughts this year. You can post on our Facebook page or tweet us your dedication, saying who it is for and why. If you have one, please include a photo of you hanging it on your Christmas tree or holding it up and share it on your own social media pages using the hashtag #WhosTheMan.
And if you donate now to our Christmas appeal, our generous supporters at The Sandhu Charitable Foundation will match any donation you make before 24 December*. This means your gift will go even further this Christmas, driving forward our ground-breaking research and doubling the difference we can make.
You don’t have to write a message to yourself! It could be to someone you met while having treatment, your GP or nurse, the consultant who operated on you, or the researchers who are working to stop other men in your family having to face the same thing… you get the idea!
Donate today to double your gift and help give men more Christmases with the people who love them. Thank you for your support.
*Donations will be matched up to a total of £25,000. All donations received after this date will go towards the appeal but will not be matched.