Brothers from Rugby and Leamington step up to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK in memory of their father
The brothers are hoping to raise £1,100 each
Two brothers are stepping up to raise funds for Prostate Cancer UK in an act of remembrance for their father, who died of prostate cancer in the 1970s.
Brothers Bryan Acford (64) of Rugby and Kelvin (58) from Leamington are taking on Prostate Cancer UK’s virtual fundraising challenge, March the Month.
They aim to walk 11,000 steps a day to represent more than 11,000 dads, grandads, sons, brothers and mates who die from prostate cancer every year.
The brothers were still in school when their father died in 1974 aged 52, and Bryan was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2016
They are hoping to raise £1,100 each to help beat prostate cancer, which is now the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the UK.
Bryan and Kelvin are both well known in local sporting circles, Bryan through athletics and cricket and Kelvin through cricket and golf as well as supporting grassroots Rugby Union.
They were also moved by the loss of their own sporting heroes, like Bob Willis, to the disease.
Bryan said: “I have decided to take on March the Month for Prostate Cancer UK because I received excellent treatment at University Hospital Coventry and St James’s Hospital Leeds.
"I was keen to show my gratitude as well as raising awareness amongst friends and colleagues.
“I’m really looking forward to challenging myself this March, and I’m delighted to be raising awareness and funds to help stop prostate cancer being a killer.”
Nicola Tallett, director of fundraising and supporter engagement at Prostate Cancer UK, said: “We’re incredibly proud that Bryan and Kelvin have joined our team of remarkable walkers taking on March the Month, and raising vital funds for Prostate Cancer UK.
“It’s particularly pertinent that the 11,000 steps taken every day represent those who die from prostate cancer each year.
"We want to make prostate cancer something that the next generation of men do not fear and to continue to be here for them and their loved ones – especially since the Covid-19 pandemic has made living with a diagnosis only harder.
“Hard times show what people stand for. When the future is uncertain and the choices are tough, we stand for men with prostate cancer.
"We thank the brothers and everyone who is taking part in March the Month – and all of our fundraisers – for their support.”
To sponsor the brothers, visit marchthemonth.prostatecanceruk.org/teams/acfords