Time for Tea

Posted on February 25, 2014 by Guest Writer
Close up of scones with cream and jam,

It can often seem like we are inundated with charity awareness months – and March is no different. In fact, there are more campaigns happening than you can shake an insurance policy document at this month!

While that’s no bad thing, we’ve decided to help you navigate through the choppy waters of this month’s busy events, by highlighting two in particular: Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and the Men United prostate cancer campaign.

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month runs from 1-31 March and is encouraging countless Brits to help spread the word about the condition. How are they doing that we hear you ask? Well, by putting the kettle on and making a cup of tea as part of the Time for Tea fundraiser of course! Organised by the Eve Appeal, this is just one event that you can take part in. But if you don’t have a penchant for PG Tips or a desire for Darjeeling, there are several other ways to get involved, as ovarian cancer is supported by four separate UK based charities.

Other ways to get involved

  • Tell 50 people about the symptoms of ovarian cancer and raise £50 for Target Ovarian Cancer.
  • Organise a fundraiser such as a karaoke competition or a sponsored run for Ovarian Cancer Action.
  • Or, get those oven mitts on and put your cooking skills to the test in a bake off for Ovacome.

To put the condition into perspective, ovarian cancer affects more than 7,000 women in the UK every year – that’s around 135 women every week. So if you would like to make a difference, contact Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month to see how you can help fight this disease.

Prostate Cancer Awareness

Alternatively, you may want to get involved with Prostate Cancer UK’s Men United campaign. Launched last January, it replaces the annual Prostate Cancer Month that used to be held every March. Backed by a host of celebrities, including funny man Bill Bailey, this has been billed as the biggest male health campaign the UK has even seen – and features a national TV advert headed by the comedian.

Other famous faces to back the high profile campaign include Homeland star Damian Lewis, Game of Thrones hard man Charles Dance, Sir Michael Parkinson and rugby legend Will Carling.

According to the Prostate Cancer UK, around 10,000 men lose their fight against the disease every year in the UK, while a staggering 40,000 are diagnosed with it annually. With this in mind, the charity wants to secure more funding, raise more awareness and improve both treatment and recovery rates for the condition.

There are of course several ways you can help, the easiest of which is to complete a simple quiz online – by doing so Iceland supermarket will donate 50p to Prostate Cancer UK. You’ll then be issued with a ‘Man of Men’ badge that you can wear with pride, thus raising more awareness of the disease.

You can also:

  • Volunteer with Prostate Cancer UK
  • Make Prostate Cancer UK your company’s charity for the year
  • Organise an event to raise funds and awareness. This could include running a marathon, climbing Ben Nevis, holding a gala event or throwing yourself out of a plane on a parachute dive.
  • Take the Men United Test
  • Donate funds
  • Take part in Movember

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