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Season’s Greetings from Prostate Scotland

Season’s greetings and thank you to everyone who has supported our work this year.

It has been another significant year in terms of prostate awareness. 2019 saw a huge emphasis by Prostate Scotland on raising awareness of prostate cancer, and of early diagnosis.  Activities included taking forward a co-ordinated initiative ‘Pull your finger out’, and we are delighted to report that we have seen a significant and sustained increase in demand for our range of information materials and in visits to our website, as well as engagement on our Facebook page.

We have continued to provide many thousands of men and their families with information about prostate disease and its treatments. We developed the range of information materials by publishing six new information booklets. We have backed up the provision of information through a range of talks and workplace workshops from Tain to Lockerbie. We were welcomed to Dundee United Football Club for their second Prostate Awareness Day during one of their matches in March.  And, following the 2018 launch of a special Fellowship Scheme to support the training of future surgeons in Scotland in robotically assisted prostate cancer surgery, we made two further awards of fellowships in 2019.

Our hard working and energetic supporters have continued to make an impact through donating and volunteering, as well as golfing, walking, singing, cycling, music making, bag packing, dancing, baking, running, and hosting social events, raising substantial funds in aid of Prostate Scotland. Many have raised awareness of prostate cancer and disease while setting themselves extraordinary challenges.

Our partnership with the Grand Lodge of Scotland and the Freemasons across Scotland, has continued to grow – their generous support over the past seven years has now reached the magnificent figure of £536,000. Also our partnership with Rotary Clubs on the Rotary Ride for Prostate Cancer has also continued to develop and blossom.

During 2020, our focus will be on: further developing our awareness work to reach out to even more men and their families; taking our Scotland wide research into patient treatments and future service needs further forward and continuing our successful awareness initiatives in the workplace and last but not least taking forward our information and advice work to ensure that even more men and their families can benefit and receive support.

We would like to wish you all the very best for the festive season and for the New Year, and thank you for your support of Prostate Scotland.