Altrincham resident looking to ‘Paint The Town Blue’ this November!

Tony Collier BEM is looking to spread the word about his campaign to ‘paint’ Altrincham Blue this November, and also wants other Trafford towns to get involved too!

Between 2nd – 7th November, Tony wants to raise awareness of illnesses and issues that impact men, who are often too afraid or in denial to seek help or talk about – prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health. He also wants to help raise funds for 3 charities supporting these illnesses – Prostate Cancer UK, MIND and Orchid.

 

Tony was diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer in May 2017 and told that he may only have 2 years to live. Since then his aim in life to raise awareness so that other men don’t have to go through what he has. Speaking to Janine from Promoting Trafford, Tony advises that 1 in 8 men will get prostate cancer in the UK, 2600 men will be diagnosed with testicular cancer and men are 3 times more likely to commit suicide than women.

 

Linking in with the ‘Movember’ seemed the obvious time to launch Paint The Town Blue, and Tony is urging Altrincham businesses to get behind this important campaign. Businesses could get involved by activities such as:-

  • Dressing their windows blue that week
  • Cafes, Restaurants, bars selling blue cakes, cocktails etc
  • Floodlighting their business blue
  • Changing their social media profile pictures to a blue surround

 

Why is this week so important to raising awareness?

“Basically if I’d been aware that I had a right to be tested for prostate cancer from age 50 and I’d got tested my cancer would have been caught early and I could have been cured instead of being diagnosed way too late.

I want to make sure that others don’t have to go through this, and to educate them on signs to look out for and how to get their health checked with the medical experts who can help, and how they can also deal with things if they receive a positive diagnosis.”

 

Did you know that all men over the age of 50 can demand a blood test to check for possible prostate cancer? If Tony had known this, he would of been able to have received curative treatment which stands a very good chance of good results.

What events are happening in Altrincham for people to get involved in?

“On the 7th November there is a Heritage/ Health Awareness Walk. It’s child-friendly, and will take in some of Altrincham’s more well known locations and buildings to discuss stories, events and activities that occurred there in the past – as well as some lesser-known ones too! I will also be tapping into the musical history of Altrincham, going past some famous spots.

There is a 1km stretch on the walk, to represent the 1000 men that die of prostrate cancer each month. This is the biggest killer for men, and we need to do more to raise awareness, have better screenings and treatments.”

 

Altrincham Unlimited are supporting the event, as well as Altrincham and Sale Chamber of Commerce.

Tony has a Just Giving page set up to raise funds towards the screening and treatment for men with prostate cancer. You can donate HERE.

 

Can other areas of Trafford get involved?

“I’d love the other towns and villages across Trafford to join us in November, helping to raise awareness of these issues and illnesses, as well as some much needed funds for charity.”

Tony has offered to host talks to local organisations about these matters, and can be contacted on tony.11laurel@virginmedia.com.

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