Berneray Postman supporting Prostate Cancer Challenge

Chris Spears, from Berneray Delivery Office.

Chris Spears, from Berneray Delivery Office.

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Postman, Chris Spears, from Berneray Delivery Office, has joined forces with 54 men on the Isle of Berneray to raise funds for Prostate Cancer UK.

Royal Mail Group is inviting employees across the UK to take up the £100 challenge in support of its charity partner, Prostate Cancer UK. The goal is for each team or individual to raise £100 for Royal Mail’s Charity of the Year. Royal Mail Group will match all the money raised, penny for penny.

Chris highlighted the challenge to his customers, particularly men, whilst out delivering on his round in Berneray. He suggested a donation of £5 towards the good cause, which will make a real difference to men and their families. Chris raised £1042 including match funding from Royal Mail Group.

Chris said: “Most of us donate to charities and respond to appeals. It helps to lighten our conscience. I thought this made it more personal and I could make a real contribution.

“I was pleased to participate in something that would give prostate cancer wider recognition as I, like so many others, know people who have been affected by this disease. Being part of a small community and knowing everyone on the island gave me an ideal opportunity to raise funds.

“I would like to thank all my customers who so generously donated towards this good cause. This will make a difference to men and their families who are affected by prostate cancer.”

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in men in the UK. Over 40,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year and one man dies from the disease every hour.

Royal Mail Group and its employees have raised around £800,000, including match funding, for Prostate Cancer UK since the charity partnership launched last year

Thanks to the funds already raised by Royal Mail Group and its employees, a full time specialist Prostate Cancer UK nurse has been appointed, the first of several, and has started providing support and education to men and their families in Glasgow.

James Beeby, Deputy Director of Fundraising at Prostate Cancer UK, said: “We’re thrilled that Chris took on the £100 challenge to help raise funds for Prostate Cancer UK. Our thanks go to Chris, Royal Mail and everyone involved with this challenge.

“Money raised will help fund up to 50 Prostate Cancer UK nurses who will provide support to men and their families in communities across the UK. The efforts of people like Chris help us reach more of the 250,000 men living with prostate cancer in the UK with vital information and support.”