Hot Off The Press! RotR 2020 receives huge boost!
Having taken part in the two RotR's to date, John Wellington, a survivor of prostate cancer, has firmly established himself as one of our keenest supporters of what we do here at HQ.
John was recently invited to nominate a charity as a reward for being a “Community Champion” of DMGT, the parent company of The Mail on Sunday, where he works.
This is because John raised a magnificent £3,411 for Prostate Cancer UK on their "March For Men" last year. John's wife, Dao, also joined in a marathon walk of 26 miles, around some of the football grounds of London – Millwall, Crystal Palace, Chelsea, Fulham, QPR and Wembley.
When they arrived at Wembley (with very sore and blistered feet) they received medals from Sir Geoff Hurst.
John was asked by The Mail on Sunday to choose a worthy charity to donate the grand sum of £2,500 to. Without hesitation he chose that Movember in the name of the Ride of the Ruperts!! We were absolutely flabaghasted. All we can say is an enormous "THANK YOU", John, and also The Mail on Sunday.
Importantly, John states, "As a survivor of prostate cancer I feel it’s my mission to support this charity and it was great that the company agreed to multiply the money I raised with a sponsored walk. Even more important, I want to spread the word to my fellow middle-aged men: This disease will affect one in eight of us so it’s really important to get a test each year. Early treatment certainly saved my own life.
One British man in every eight will have prostate cancer at some time in our lives. I am one of them. Eleven thousand men die of prostate cancer every year - that's one every 45 minutes. I am not one of those because I was lucky to be diagnosed early so my cancer could be monitored and then treated when it became necessary.
If you are a man over 50 or have other risk factors, then I cannot advise you strongly enough to have your PSA (prostate specific antigen) level checked every year. It's a simple blood test that your GP can provide. Having it done every year can give you a baseline for comparison so you can tell if something unusual is happening in your body. I never had any symptoms - 1 minute ago