Funds raised in effort to tackle prostate cancer

After taking on the Great North Run and hosting a series of local events, Berwick woman Julie Newton has raised just over £4,000 for Prostate Cancer UK.

Monday, 10th December 2018, 10:50 am
Tara Grey, Jean Grey, Douglas Grey and Julie Newton.

Julie was inspired to take on the half-marathon for the charity after finding out her father was diagnosed with prostate cancer just six days after receiving her ballot place.

The news completely devastated her, but she was determined to raise awareness of this disease that is killing one man every 45 minutes.

Along with her epic challenge, Julie organised a Batch Lady cooking demonstration, coffee morning, supermarket awareness day and a Berwick market awareness day, with the help of her family and friends.

Julie, 42, said: “After hearing the awful news about my dad’s prostate cancer diagnosis, I decided to take on the Great North Run and raise money through various events for Prostate Cancer UK.

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“My dad showed no symptoms of his prostate cancer, which is why I encourage men to be aware of their risks of the disease and to speak to their GP about any concerns.

“I am so proud to have gone over and above my fundraising target and could not have done this without the support of my family and friends. I hope the money raised will go towards funding vital research and support for men like my dad and their families affected by the disease.”

Julie took on the challenge shortly after joining the Tweed Striders last year.

James Beeby, director of fund-raising at Prostate Cancer UK, said: “We are truly grateful for everything Julie and her family and friends have done to help raise funds for Prostate Cancer UK. It is an incredible effort, one that will help us make prostate cancer a disease that the next generation of men do not fear.

“Currently, one man dies every 45 minutes from prostate cancer in the UK. That’s more than 11,000 men a year and by 2030, prostate cancer is set to become the most commonly diagnosed cancer of all in the UK.”

He added: “So whatever you do together, big or small, you’ll be helping us push for real change, from more effective testing to better treatments.”

To help Julie continue to raise money visit justgiving.com/fundraising/julienewton2018