Tadcaster and Selby Civic Dignitaries To Run for Prostate Cancer
Tadcaster and Selby Civic Dignitaries
Unite With York City Councillors and Officials
To Run for Prostate Cancer
Two weeks into office and the Chairman of Selby District Council is already making a difference to the lives of others.
Not content with naming St Leonard’s Hospice, York Against Cancer and Selby District Vision as his chosen charities, Councillor John Cattanach, who was invested as the 41st Chairman of Selby District Council on 13 May, has signed up for a prostate cancer charity run and is keen to help as many other charities as he can during his term of office.
Several York City Councillors have already pledged their support by signing up for R U Taking the P?, the 5k men-only fun run held annually on Father’s Day in York, and now Councillor Cattanach has added his name to that ever-growing list. Councillor Richard Sweeting (Vice-Chairman of Selby District Council), Councillor Steve Cobb (Mayor of Tadcaster) and Roderic Parker (Deputy Mayor of Tadcaster) are also taking part.
“I am entering R U Taking the P? because Richard, my new Vice-Chairman told me about it and, whilst I am collecting monies for my chosen charities, I am wanting to help as many causes as I can within my year of office,” said Councillor Cattanach. “I also had a stroke last August, so this will be good exercise, although I think I will be walking rather than running,” he stressed. “You wouldn’t want the story of ‘Chairman has heart attack’!”
Prostate cancer affects more than 41,000 men in the UK each year and has a mortality rate of 10,000. Whilst Councillor Cattanach does not know anyone personally who has been affected by prostate cancer, he knows only too well the devastating effect being diagnosed with cancer can have on a family. Sadly, his mother and sister were both diagnosed with terminal cancer and subsequently died.
Councillor Sweeting who is Activities Co-ordinator at Barchester Healthcare’s Highfield Care Home has first-hand experience of caring for residents living with cancer, including prostate cancer.
“If York City Councillors are taking part, then so should we and unite in our support for this charity,” said Councillor Sweeting, who is also a Tadcaster Town Councillor. “Men just don’t discuss cancer like women do and they should because they are not immune. If we as leaders of the community can show our support and make more men aware of the effects of prostate cancer, then hopefully we can get the message across,” he added.
Councillor Cobb said: “Close friends of mine have been treated successfully for prostate cancer and I am really happy to be supporting this very worthy cause. Men are reluctant to communicate when faced with the subject of prostate cancer, but I am hoping that by taking part in this run, we can raise vital funds and encourage men to talk about it and discuss it openly,” he added.
R U Taking the P?, now in its fifth year, raises money for prostate cancer research at the University of York’s YCR Cancer Research laboratory, led by internationally-renowned scientist Professor Norman Maitland. Since 2010, the event has raised more than £46,000.
“I hadn’t realised that the research was carried out in York, but that makes this event even more special because all the money stays locally,” stressed Councillor Cobb.
York City Councillors taking part in R U Taking the P? include Councillor Keith Aspden (Liberal Democrat, Fulford), Neil McIlveen (Labour, Skelton, Rawcliffe and Clifton Without), Chris Steward (Conservative, Rural West) and Nigel Ayre (Liberal Democrat, Heworth Without). Dr Paul Edmondson-Jones MBE, who is Director of Public Health and the Council’s Deputy Chief Executive, has also signed up and the Lord Mayor of York Ian Gillies will be starting off the run at Rowntree Park at 9.30am. Legendary pantomime dame Berwick Kaler and York boxer Henry Wharton will also be there.
If you would like to take part in R U Taking the P?, which will be held on Sunday 15 June, please sign up at www.yorkshirecancerresearch.org.uk/running or collect a registration form from Brian’s Hair Fashions, South Bank Avenue, York or Devine Meats, Bridge Street, Tadcaster. A special Father and son package has been introduced this year to entice Dads and their lads to take part for Father’s Day.
For further information please contact the founder and organiser of R U Taking the P? Brian Hughes on 01904 656427, or Publicity Officer Wendy Binns on 01937 830418.
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