Donation boosts Men’s Health project

A charity dedicated to raising awareness of men’s health has been awarded £1,000 by a regional builder.

The Chestnut Appeal for Men’s Health, based at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth has been gifted the money from Persimmon Homes Cornwall’s Community Champions fund to back its work in the area.

Lesley-Ann Simpson, for the Chestnut Appeal, said: “Over the years we’ve realised that men’s health suffers from an imbalance and at the core of our work is highlighting this most common cancer in men, as well as prostate cancer, we also raise awareness of testicular cancer and penile cancer, two other quite treatable cancers that sadly if left can be devastating.

“We support the very latest in treatments and technology that wouldn’t be available without community fundraising and we rely on donations.

“Our latest project is to supply an MRI fusion scanner so that the medics have 3-D full colour images to work from rather than grainy ultra-sound images.

“We also need to buy materials to support our community work such as brochures, banners, signs and pull-ups.

“This donation is very generous and will support us in our work.”

Jane Cartwright, sales manager for Persimmon Homes Cornwall, based in Launceston, said: “We are extremely proud of our Community Champions scheme. It’s terrific to be able to support groups and charities across the region with thousands of pounds every year.

“Men are notoriously reluctant to talk about their health and the Chestnut Appeal is helping make the subject of male cancers less of a taboo. It is a pleasure to be able to assist in this way.”

The Persimmon Homes Community Champions initiative invites groups and charities who have already worked hard to raise money themselves to apply for match-funding of up to £1,000. Persimmon Homes Cornwall has two awards of up to £1,000 each available every month.

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