The Chestnut Appeal for Prostate Cancer – the PlymTwest 2011 local charity partner – is the only local prostate cancer charity in Devon and Cornwall. They are based at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth and concentrate on providing equipment, treatment, nurses and awareness of this disease within their local communities. Without help they are not able to provide the very latest in technology or bring ground-breaking prostate cancer treatments to the area.
They have already funded six nurses, have bought state of the art technology to local hospitals as well as paid for new and up to date kit. They always ensure that donations go to where they are needed most and 2011 will hopefully see the charity promoting awareness of prostate cancer on an unprecedented scale.
The Chestnut Appeal wants the whole of Plymouth to know about prostate cancer and that it’s the most common male cancer. Less than 20% of men know where their prostate is, let alone what it does! Spreading awareness is at the heart of everything The Chestnut Appeal does. Getting publicity for men’s prostate problems is quite tricky, it’s considered an old man’s disease and there is still resistance to talking about it. It’s not emotive unless someone has direct experience with the cancer.
Even small amounts of money will help the Chestnut Appeal, and if you can give more they can use that too:
- £2 will fund 10 publicity leaflets
- £30 will fund a prostate cancer nurse specialist for a day
- £50 will pay for 100 beer mats to be used in local pubs, helping to get the message across
- £200 funds special High Back Vinyl chairs
- £300 will purchase a massive prostate cancer awareness banner to be used on roundabouts
- £500 will purchase an examination couch
The Chestnut Appeal can be found online at: