People affected by prostate disease need your help!
Prostate Scotland can only deliver support to men and their families affected by prostate disease through the generosity of those who make donations towards our work. We currently receive no government or local authority assistance, therefore we have to generate all our own income. You can deliver much needed support through contributing to our work. We would welcome your involvement and support which can be fulfilled in a variety of ways:
- Help us take forward our work by making a donation through our website
- Other ways to donate
- Become involved as a fundraiser
- Volunteer to assist us in our projects
There are lots of different ways to support our work, even without a fundraising activity. See ‘Other easy ways to support Prostate Scotland.’ We’re delighted to have your help!
Why do we need your help?
- To help those men and their families already affected by prostate disease
- To help those who are unaware and possibly at risk from prostate disease
Just in case you are unfamiliar with the extent of this issue:
- Prostate disease will affect almost 1 in 2 men in Scotland at sometime in their lives.
- 1 in 10 men in Scotland are at risk from prostate cancer.
- It is the most common cancer of males in Scotland.
- 1 in 5 men in Scotland affected by prostate cancer is likely to die from it.
- The incidence of prostate cancer is projected to have increased by 35% by 2026.
Additionally, please let’s not forget all of those affected by Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia or Prostatitis . These can be chronic and debilitating diseases affecting 4 times more men than those suffering from prostate cancer. These non cancerous forms of prostate disease can affect some people for extensive periods either constantly or intermittently creating stress and pain for the individuals and upset for their family.
However, it isn’t all about supporting those who are already affected by prostate disease. Unfortunately, the issues surrounding prostate health are still not well enough known and we need to make more men and their families aware of prostate disease. This will prepare men to seek the correct advice and get checked out at the right time. This is particularly important as it has not been possible to develop an acceptable and accurate screening test for prostate cancer. Early diagnosis of prostate cancer can save a man’s life and preserve a whole family’s way of life. The survival rate from prostate cancer has risen to 80% but with your help more can be done to increase this to an even higher level.
We hope this highlights the extent and importance of prostate disease issues and the extent to which men and their families need the support which you can help provide.
What can we achieve with your help?
You can help us with the immediate needs of men and their families affected by prostate disease
We can drive more awareness amongst men and their families about the importance of prostate health. We can strive to ensure that men, their families and partners have information and knowledge that will help lead to early detection of prostate disease. We can assist people in getting help and knowing where to go for help, in order to increase their chances of cure. We can also help people who are already affected by prostate cancer, benign prostatic hyperplasia or prostatitis through our Explanatory Guides and Spotlight Series booklets which allow men and their families to understand more about how the diseases will affect them, what to expect when undergoing treatment and which treatment options are available to them. We deliver these through face to face communication, printed materials, film and radio media and online via a newly developed website. All require constant updating to keep ahead of the latest developments and need to be produced in the language and formats which reflect the modern world thus creating equal access to all.
You can help us with the future needs of men and their families affected by prostate disease
In partnership with the University of Stirling we are helping research into future treatment options for men affected by prostate cancer and the changes needed to deliver these treatments in the years to come. We shall explore and research the opinions of those men and their families who have experienced the routes and pathways prior to diagnosis and the delivery of subsequent treatments. The aim is to improve this process, identify best practice and replicate this throughout Scotland.
Hopefully these provide an illustration of what your contributions can do to support and help those affected or potentially affected by prostate disease.
Would you like to help?
We hope you will wish to help and if you decide to do so the choices of how you wish to support us are many! All you have to do is decide what best suits you!
All of the choices included are examples of how others have decided to help people affected by prostate disease.
The list of ways in which you could help is probably limitless but we’ve given you a few suggestions which are in no particular order so please sift through them until you find something which suits you or you invent something different instead! If you click on one of the three links below it will take you directly to that specific area of the website.
We are a young organisation and have already been active in a variety of areas, but the need for activity across Scotland remains substantial. We would welcome your involvement and support which can be fulfilled in a variety of ways:
- Make a donation to help us take forward our awareness-raising and information work across the country.
- Become involved as a fundraiser
- Volunteer to assist us in our projects
What could your contribution do?
Your help in whatever form, will assist us in ensuring that we can reach more men and their families across Scotland and minimise the impact of prostate disease.
We at Prostate Scotland are delighted and grateful for any help or support you choose to give us.
Making a donation
If you would like to make a donation to help us in our work there are several ways that you can do so:
- Directly on this site you can make a single or recurrent donation by credit or debit card
- Directly to our bank account by BACS
- By standing order through your bank – download a standing order form here
- By setting up a direct debit – you can easily do so via our Justgiving site
- By sending us a cheque made payable to Prostate Scotland – to Prostate Scotland, 14 Torphichen Place, Edinburgh EH3 8DU
- ALL cheques should be made payable to ‘Prostate Scotland’ and NOT to any other organisation. Please note incorrectly completed cheques aren’t accepted by our bank and we have to return them and request a replacement.
- If you would like you to Gift Aid your donation by standing order or cheque please download and complete the Gift Aid Declaration Form and return it to Prostate Scotland.
It’s worth checking with your employer to see if there is a fund matching scheme for charities in your workplace. We’ve previously received fund matching payments from large organisations such as Enterprise RAC UK, Lloyds TSB, Morrison’s Supermarkets and Santander. Your employer may need some details from our Supporter Care team, please contact us here.
Our Charity Partners and Supporters
We are have worked with many generous partners and supporters since our inception, and we believe that building these relationships is vital to the ongoing success of Prostate Scotland, in both spreading awareness of prostate disease and in fundraising to support our work. We are extremely grateful for this support, which makes a significant difference to our work and we should like to express our thanks and gratitude.
Recently we have worked in close partnership with the Grand Lodge of Scotland, whose kind support has assisted us in the development of this website, for which are very grateful. To see more about this special partnership with the freemasons and the Grand Lodge of Scotland please see our page spotlighting this charity partnership.
Our supporter record and communications policy
People are often wary of being inundated with requests to fundraise or give more once they have donated or fundraised in aid of a charity. Prostate Scotland’s policy is to only contact those who have given us express permission to do so. We retain an active record on our database of those people who have given permission for future contact. We archive the records of those people who wish no further contact from us. This helps prevent future contact from us but still allows Prostate Scotland to identify previous supporters if they get back in touch. We shall delete all records of a supporter on request.