Preston Rotary Club donation helps fight prostate cancer

Torbay Weekly

Mike Ford, president of Preston Rotary Club, has just handed over £750 to Peter Hosking BEM, president of Torbay Prostate Support Association.

The funds were raised when one of Preston Rotary Club’s members, Keith Wilby, took up the challenge to grow a moustache for Movember.

Starting clean shaven on November 1 last year, he nurtured the growth of the 'hairy caterpillar' for 30 long days while embarking on a fundraising and information campaign to raise awareness of the killer disease that is prostate cancer.

Peter Hosking said: “Prostate Cancer is the largest diagnosed cancer in men, one in eight men will get prostate cancer and every year, despite significant increases in treatments, one man will die in the UK every 45 minutes.

"In a typical year, 47,500 men will be diagnosed. Many men with Prostate Cancer have no symptoms. Early diagnosis is the key - catching it early and curing it. Lack of early detection is the killer.”

The Torbay Prostate Support Association (TPSA) is a registered charity which is investigating ways of setting up a private testing initiative to enable men to easily access a PSA test.

Mike Ford said: “Preston Rotary Club is committed to helping our local community and we believe this continued support for TPSA to achieve meaningful education, information and support to help save lives in Torbay is a prime example of what we do.”

Preston Rotary will also be donating additional funds to TPSA and other local charities, from their forthcoming Sportsman’s Dinner on March 24 at the Livermead Cliff Hotel where the main speaker will be John Lukic, ex-England, Leeds United and Arsenal goalkeeper.

Tickets are now available by emailing John Turner at

Further information about Preston Rotary Club visit

Child’s guide to everyday dangers

The success of the Rotary children’s guide to everyday dangers has been proving very beneficial for primary school pupils around the region.

The OK Our Kids Watch Out! book offers lots of useful advice and guidance on issues such as stranger danger and now a new website has been launched to promote the initiative at

Clubs are also now getting into gear with more youth projects and making sure Rotarian service values are on the agenda as schools and communities step out of restrictions.

If any local schools are interested in learning more about Rotary youth services including this publication, please email