Coming to terms with or even speaking out about an illness or health condition is something many people struggle with. March for Men, a fun run organised by the Bournemouth Hospital Charity, raises awareness specifically for men’s health treatment and raises funds to purchase the necessary equipment.
Men’s health is one area in particular which suffers from lack of awareness, where many sufferers fail to seek medical attention soon enough or share their health fears even with a loved one.
March for Men sees local people run, jog or walk over a distance of one, five or ten kilometres along Bournemouth’s seafront. While the event is organised to benefit sons, fathers, brothers, uncles and grandfathers etc, this family-friendly charity challenge is open to all.
Each year over 150,000 men are treated at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital for a whole range of conditions, many being urological or cancer patients fighting prostate, bladder or testicular cancers.
Marking its fifth year in 2018, March for Men has raised nearly £80,000, enabled the purchase of innovative new equipment such as a ‘Da Vinci’ robot, which has treated over 200 patients with prostate cancer to date and an Olympus image management hub used by the hospital’s urology consultants. The 2017 event helped to fund a blue-light cystoscopy machine for the detection of cancer cells and to confirm their successful eradication after operations.
March for Men 2018 takes place on Sunday 25 March at 9.30am. Entry is £16 for over 16s, £8 for ages 5-15 and free for children under 5 and includes a T-shirt.