Prostate cancer charity bowled over by fundraising support

A bowls ‘spectacular’ supported by Luton Town FC football legend Mick Hartford and sponsored by Star Platforms has raised thousands of pounds for prostate cancer research.

The event – Men Against Prostate Cancer Bowls Spectacular – was held at Houghton Regis Bowls Club to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK.

Mick Harford, pictured above left, is the chief recruitment officer at Luton Town FC while Star Platforms, which has its HQ in Houghton Regis, Bedfordshire, is a long-standing official club sponsor.

Early diagnosis

After being diagnosed with prostate cancer himself, Mick Harford stepped back from club duties but returned in January 2022 after completing a course of radiotherapy.

Star Platforms Operations Director Ian Mitchell, pictured above right, took part in the event, saying it was an enjoyable way to back prostate cancer research – and to promote the early diagnosis of the condition.

Ian added: “We had a lot of fun on the day and raised a lot of money for Prostate Cancer UK, which was wonderful.

“Prostate cancer accounts for 7% of all cancer deaths in the UK, but thanks to the work of Prostate Cancer UK and other agencies, new therapies are being developed to treat the disease.

“The key to the most successful outcomes is early diagnosis, so I would urge all men to follow medical advice on monitoring prostate health and to see their GP if they have any concerns.”

More events

The fundraising event was organised by Taff Owens, a bowls club member. He said: “It was a great day, with Prostate Cancer UK and Bowls England in attendance to support our fundraising.

“I’d like to thank Star Platforms for its support. We want to arrange more fundraising and awareness events to help men be confident in taking timely action to protect their health.”

New prostate cancer therapies are being developed all the time.

In a research breakthrough, funded by Prostate Cancer UK and other medical charities around the world, scientists have found a way to prevent some advanced forms of the cancer from resisting treatment.

The research findings, announced in October 2023, could pave the way for men previously considered to have terminal cancer to receive life-extending therapies.

Find out more

Visit the Prostate Cancer UK website to find out more about the disease, including using a prostate cancer risk checker – and how you can help the charity with its work.

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