Celebrating the success of Orchid’s Volunteer Champions

Orchid Champions gathered together in Manchester on 16th April to celebrate the successful delivery of the “Overcoming the barriers to engaging with prostate cancer project” which has been funded by the National Lottery Community Fund. For three years Champions in ten locations across England have been actively cascading prostate cancer messages in their own communities, and ideas for continuing to work together were explored. Orchid’s new film about living with advanced prostate cancer was shown and Orchid Male Cancer Nurse Specialist Sinead Collins provided additional training about penile and testicular cancers. The project is being independently evaluated and we were delighted that the evaluator was able to join us to talk to the Champions and run an interactive session to help inform his report which will be shared widely when completed.

Orchid would like to thank the many people who have had a role in this project which has done so much to raise awareness of prostate cancer risk factors, signs and symptoms, and to promote the support Orchid can offer as well as support available from local groups. Activities are still being delivered in the final few weeks of the project, but targets have been significantly exceeded.

The Champions were at the heart of the project and Orchid could not have reached over 33,000 people without them. A big thank you to each and every Orchid Volunteer Community Champion.

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