A PROSTATE testing day hosted and supported by Stalybridge Celtic Juniors was a resounding success.In only three hours, 275 men aged between 45 and 75 were given blood tests at Juniors’ base on Mossley Road, Ashton.
The event was organised by Stalybridge charity Cancer Warriors with the testing carried out by Leighton Hospital Prostate Support Group (LHPSG).
Mike Taylor, Stalybridge Celtic Juniors’ chairman, who was instrumental in organising the day, said:
“The day absolutely blew me away, it was great to see so many men turn up to get tested.
“We continue to build our close relationship with Cancer Warriors, a local charity who share our passion for supporting community projects.
“A massive thanks to all the volunteers who helped to make the event such a huge success. It’s amazing to think the event could save someone’s life.”
The number tested was far greater than anyone imagined and was thanks to an excellent awareness campaign run prior to the event by Stalybridge Celtic Juniors and Cancer Warriors, and the outstanding professionalism of the LHPSG team who managed to carry out all 275 tests on the day.
Juniors added the success of the event proved what can be achieved when regional charities and voluntary organisations work together for the good of the wider community.
The prostate testing day could have saved lives. Many people will put off visiting their GP or may have no symptoms that something is wrong. By pulling together the resources of the three groups involved, and the informal setting of Stalybridge Celtic Juniors Soccer School, hundreds of men were tested when otherwise they would most likely not have been.