We've printed a million booklets, reached millions of passengers with our life-saving messages and given awareness talks to thousands of employees, all thanks to the generosity and support of the bus and rail operator over the last three years.
Transport operator FirstGroup has exceeded its fundraising target for us by a whopping £500,000, donating more than £1.5 million in donations and services over the last three years.
In 2015, FirstGroup's employees voted for Prostate Cancer UK as their charity of choice for a three-year partnership, aiming to raise £1 million through employee-fundraising, corporate donations and free advertising for our life-saving messages and March for Men events on their bus and rail network.
Thanks to the company's generosity and support, we've been able to produce more than one million ‘Know your prostate’ pocket guides to give to men to help them understand their risk. Our brilliant volunteers have also given awareness talks to thousands of FirstGroup's staff, encouraging them to share the information with their family, friends and customers.
Joey Stephens (pictured above) was working as a supervisor at Bristol Temple Meads station in Bristol, when he was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer in late 2014. He's one of many FirstGroup employees who have championed our cause over the past three years, regularly speaking about his personal experience with colleagues and customers, and helping to raise vital funds to ensure more men can survive prostate cancer.
"If I can prevent just one man suffering with prostate cancer like I have, it would make me very happy," he told us.
James Beeby, our director of fundraising, says he's incredibly grateful to FirstGroup employees like Joey. "This is a testament to the dedication of everyone who has embraced the partnership, and gone above and beyond to exceed its target. Our thanks go to everyone at FirstGroup who has helped to achieve this phenomenal amount."