In 1999 Colin was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer and subsequently set up The Prostate Project which for the past 10 years has been raising money to open a brand new Centre of Urology at the Royal County Hospital in Guildford 🏥
Colin and the team at the Prostate Project aim to give men a better chance of beating Prostate Cancer by fundraising for important research and facilities in Guildford.
“I was diagnosed with prostate cancer and realised how little I knew about it and therefore how little everybody else knew about it. We decided we ought to do something about it myself and John Davis, my consultant, got together and we started the Prostate Project”
It was in 2009 that Urologist Professor Stephen Langley approached the charity and pitched them their most ambitious task yet.
“10 years ago when I was appointed as a consultant and we were a relatively small two-man unit; over the years we’ve been able to attract some outstanding colleagues to come and work with us. In reality we just outgrew our space and our facilities we had this idea to build a Urology Centre.” Professor Stephen Langley on why the Urology Centre is needed in Guildford.
“Stephen came and asked the team whether they would consider this as a fundraising initiative and 10 years ago they said yes! This new Centre of Urology in Guildford will put the Royal Surrey County Hospital at the forefront of UK Prostate Cancer Care.”
“From men, women and children; it will make their progress and pathway through to diagnosis and treatment so much smoother. It’s so much more efficient and so much faster.”
So with the charity on board the President Tim Sharp set about creating an extensive fundraising plan. “We've had a whole series of fundraising events [such as] the Pint A Week appeal where we ask people to give the cost of a pint of beer for a week and to donate it to us regularly. Then at one of our committee meetings one of our trustees said why don't we have A Buy A Brick Appeal.”
“We thought initially that we would be raising about £152,000 over about three years and so we thought, that's fine, we'll go for that and here we are 10 years later and we've raised over £8 Million.”
The Centre For Urology is due to be handed over on October the 8th to the hospital, “I think there's going to be a lump in the throat of quite a few of us.”
Colin Stokes OBE, Tim Sharp and Professor Stephen Langley recently won a Local Heroes Award presented by Surrey and Hampshire’s local radio station Eagle Radio for their amazing fundraising work at the Prostate Project. The above documentary was made my Greer Riddell for Eagle Radio to celebrate their achievements.
Have you had any fundraising success stories? Let me know in the comments 💷👇🏻
🏃 Ray has just completed his 19th Marathon for See Ability Denecroft a home in Guildford that supports 6 adults with sight loss.