Get your grill on
Okay, men. It’s time to man the grill and show us what you’re made of. Are you part of a pub, club or community group where you could hold your very own MAN v BBQ challenge? Just think, you get to show everyone how a proper BBQ is cooked, they get to savour your culinary genius, and men everywhere benefit from your fundraising skills. Everybody wins!
What is MAN v BBQ?
MAN v BBQ is our tastiest fundraiser. We’re asking men to dust off their tongs, fire up the grill and host a barbecue to raise money for fighting prostate cancer.
Fancy a burger, Dave? Well then, here's the donation tin. Good food, good cause!
Everyone can get behind the BBQ – men, women, family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. Past fundraisers have told us that their BBQs were most impressive when held at groups or events, so get those thinking caps on and start planning where you can hold your MAN v BBQ this summer.
Are you a member of a sport or community group? Could you organise a cook up at a sports day or after school activity? Whatever you have access to, organising a MAN v BBQ is easy and a great way to help beat prostate cancer.
How do I Man v BBQ
As a wise man once said, "I love it when a plan comes together." So get cracking with the planning and invite those lucky people to your BBQ!
- Sign up, and we'll be there for you with advice, recipes, extra materials, collection tins, and everything else you'll need.
- Set up a Facebook event.
- Set up a JustGiving page to get donations for your MAN v BBQ, or even to sell food in advance. You can even get a text donation code this way.
- Send an email to everyone you want to invite. Put one of our logos in there to make it look the business.
- Use a personalised MAN v BBQ poster, and print out some MAN v BBQ tickets for the day.
- Find out what kind of food everyone wants, and ask for a donation to Prostate Cancer UK towards any food you put on.
- Keep an eye on the weather, and read our tips below for barbecuing in the rain!
If you need any tips, tricks, advice on charcoal or if you just want to tell us how amazing your BBQ skills are, give us a shout or call us on 0800 082 1616.
How do I raise money?
In a nutshell: set up a JustGiving page, get your guests in, and ask them to donate for their food. And add extras, like a raffle.
More ideas for extra fundraising
- Pay-to-play garden games, from Giant Jenga to boules and rounders.
- Summer of sports: organise a sweepstake for football, Wimbledon, Royal Ascot, the Grand Prix or anything else!
- Family fun: treasure hunting, face painting and playground games all go down a treat.
- Already running another event, like a cricket match or game of football? Then make sure the event ends in a MAN v BBQ ceremony.
Our guide to BBQing in the rain
It wouldn't be a proper British BBQ without at least the threat of rain, but that shouldn't stop you hosting an amazing event. We've put together some top tips on what to do if it rains on your BBQ!
Change the time, not the day
The weather's been pretty temperamental lately (thank you Bertha!) but can it hammer it down all day? If the morning or afternoon is looking dryer, think about holding your event earlier or later and dodging the rain!
Keep it informal
If you do have to move your BBQ inside, there's no need to suddenly dust off the best china. Spread picnic blankets on the floor and let your guests eat with their fingers or off paper plates.
Although beer pong or tag might have to wait, there’re still games your guests can play inside. Why not crack out a board game (we like Guess Who) or some old school classics like Sardines?
Serve up the snacks!
You may have to change your cooking times and proritise use of the oven, grill and hob if you have to do your cooking inside, so make sure you have plenty of snacks for your guests to tuck into while they wait for the grilled goodies. Salads, side dishes, crisps and dips are great additions to any party.
Don't lose the flavour
Adding spices or BBQ rubs to your food before you start cooking inside can help to recreate that smokey BBQ flavour from the grill.
Of course! It's first come, first served. If you've already signed up for Man v BBQ, contact us online or call us on 0800 082 1616.
We've got lots of them - compotes, salmon, sticky sausages, coleslaw, toffee bananas and more. They're picked from the best of our celebrity supporters, like Ken Hom and Levi Roots, and our own summer favourites. Once you've signed up, we'll send them over!
No, you can choose any date over the summer that suits you. Just have your fingers crossed for the weather!
If you’ve just hosted your MAN v BBQ , congratulations and a big thank you from us!
Here's what to do next:
- Collect the donations: gather any cash and cheques
- Thank you’s are important: remember to thank your guests
- Share your photos with everyone, and tell them how much was raised at the BBQ
- Work event? Check if your employer will match those funds you’ve raised
- Pay in the money (here's how)
Pay in with our donation form
Call us on 0800 082 1616 to make a card payment
Please make cheques payable to Prostate Cancer UK, and use a printable donation form.
Our address is Prostate Cancer UK, Fourth floor, The Counting House, 53 Tooley Street, London SE1 2QN.
If you’ve used a sponsorship form, send them in so we can claim the Gift Aid on donations. For every £1 donated by UK taxpayers, we receive an extra 25p.
Just make sure your donors provide their full address including postcode and tick the Gift Aid box. It’s that simple.
Red meat, such as beef, lamb and pork, can form part of a healthy diet. Meat is a good source of protein, and vitamins and minerals such as iron, selenium, zinc and B vitamins.
But eating a diet that includes lots of red meat, processed meat, dairy products and animal fat has frequently been implicated in the development of cancer – including prostate cancer, although the evidence does vary.
The Department of Health, the World Cancer Research Fund and other cancer and health organisations advise eating no more than 500g of cooked red meat (approximately 700-750g raw red meat) per week (1,2).
You don’t have to avoid red and processed meat altogether – but try to limit it where you can.
Research has shown that the way meat is cooked can alter the levels of carcinogens in that meat. Carcinogens are substances that can play a role in causing cancer.
Although studies have shown that exposure to these carcinogens can cause cancer in animals (6), the amounts tested were very high—equivalent to thousands of times the amount that a human would consume in a normal diet.
But although other studies haven’t established a definite link between exposure to these carcinogens and cancer in humans, some research has found that eating a lot of well-done, fried, or barbecued meats is associated with increased risks of bowel (7), pancreatic (8,9), and prostate (4,9-13) cancer.
However, the risks associated with eating grilled and barbecued meats are relatively small when you look at the bigger picture. For example, being overweight and inactive is worse for your health than eating meat cooked on a barbecue - whether you have prostate cancer or not.
If you’re planning on cooking meat at your barbecue there are some things you can do to reduce the risk of carcinogens.
Cook leaner meats. The less fat, the fewer flames and less smoke – all of which are associated with the carcinogens produced from cooking meat.
Pre-cook your meat in the microwave before putting it on the grill. This reduces the time that meat needs to be cooked at the high heat of a barbecue.
Flip often. Continuously turning meat over can reduce the amount of carcinogens that form, compared with just leaving the meat on the heat without flipping it often.
Marinate meat before barbecuing. This can also reduce the amount of carcinogens that form during cooking
Clean your barbeque and remove charred bits of food. This will prevent potentially harmful chemicals building up and getting onto your food the next time you have a BBQ.
But barbecues don’t just have to be about burnt burgers in buns. You can include lots of vegetables at a barbecue by adding veggies to your kebabs, trying corn on the cob, or doing a couple of big salads. If you want to give red meat a miss, why not try fish or chicken instead?
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4. Sinha R, Park Y, Graubard BI, Leitzmann MF, Hollenbeck A, Schatzkin A, et al. Meat and meat-related compounds and risk of prostate cancer in a large prospective cohort study in the United States. Am J Epidemiol. 2009 Nov 1;170(9):1165–77.
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