We have recently had adverts playing on West Sound Radio, they were kindly sponsored by The Dumfries Lions Club, for which we thank them very much.

The next round of adverts will be coming out very soon, they have been kindly sponsored by the Rotary Club of Dumfries. Our picture shows our Chairman Roly accepting the very generous donation from Tom Marchbank, of the Rotary Club of Dumfries.

Our Chairman, Treasurer & two fellow Prostate Buddies D & G buddies were invited to attend a cheque presentation last night at the Spread Eagle Inn Dumfries.
The back story for this started way back last year, when the regulars of the Spread Eagle decided to strip off for a “Naked Calendar” to raise funds for our charity.
The calendars have all been sold and the proceeds were added up last night.
The buddies cannot thank the regulars enough for this generous act £2565 was raised for the sale of the calendars added to the rest of the fundraising that has taken place over the last few months at the Spread Eagle, The Salutation, The Devorgilla & the Globe, the total now raised sits at £3734.

Our picture shows several of the brave lads, (back row l>r) clothed this time, Sean Walsh, Dougie Allison, Ian Jones, Graham Dalgliesh, Brian Boyes & Mark Broadfoot. (front row l>r) Buddy Jim, Chairman Roly, Diana Wilson, calendar organiser, Buddy Robert, Landlady of the Spread Eagle, Helen Dickson & Treasurer Andrew.

Back in December 2019, Prostate Buddies Group were given a very kind donation of a 3.8 Litre 1960 Jaguar MKII gifted from one of our regular attendees at the Dumfries monthly meetings, Mr Willie Millar of Glensome Farm, near Southerness. In his words “I’ve stopped playing with it now and I want you to have it” – so we took advice and managed to get it transported by MCM Garage Services of Beattock to a Classic Car auction near Pickering in Yorkshire. It went under the hammer on Saturday 14th December and raised a massive £3800 for the charity.

The auction house (Mathewsons) generously did not charge us any fees for selling the vehicle so the whole £3800 was banked before Christmas. This has allowed us to commission three months of adverts on local West Sound Radio, it will also allow us to do even more advertising and awareness campaigns going into 2020.

If you missed the Border Tv News programme on Thursday 12th September, please click on the link to watch the interview given by one of our regular attendees at the monthly meetings, David watched a Lookaround item last October where our Chairman Roly gave his reaction to being diagnosed with Prostate Cancer. That programme inspired David to visit his doctor, where he got the news that he too had Prostate Cancer, but now we are glad to say David is being treated and is recovering well.

PBD&G Border Tv interview

Prostate Buddies D & G are delighted to announce that following a very well attended launch meeting in Newton Stewart recently, the “West Group” as they will be known from now on, will meet in the “Drawing Room” of the Creebridge House Hotel, Newton Stewart, DG8 6NP, between 7 & 9pm for the first time on Tuesday 1st October and then on the FIRST TUESDAY of every month thereafter. These meetings are open to any man in the West of Dumfries & Galloway who has recently been diagnosed with Prostate Cancer, their partner and any family member who wishes to attend.

You will find below details of both our Prostate Buddy Groups just click on the link which is closest to your location.

Please pass the word around to anyone you think may benefit from the service we can provide, we look forward to meeting with you to chat through any concerns you may have regarding your treatment or post treatment.

Dumfries Poster & Flyer

West Group Poster & Flyer

The founder members of Prostate Buddies D&G are delighted to announce the appointment of “Local running hero – Craig Conley” as our new local ambassador.

This is in recognition of all the work Craig has been doing this year raising funds for Prostate Cancer Research Centre. He has completed numerous events this year already such as the Tough Mudder at Drumlanrig, the Glasgow 10k run in June, the Solway Coast Marathon in July. Still to come is the Dumfries 10k this month followed in September by the Great North Run and the Scottish run, on to October to the Lochness Marathon and finishing up in November with the Men’s Health 10k in Edinburgh.

I am exhausted just listing all the events Craig is taking part in, he is committed to raising as much money as he can for a cause which is very close to his heart.

Good luck with the rest of the events this year, and congratulations on your appointment as PBD&G Ambassador

Our launch night on 26th June:

Attended by the Advice and Information Co-ordinator for Prostate Scotland, Mae Bell, who gave a very interesting presentation about what the Prostate Scotland charity does and how their funds help them to produce the broad range information leaflets that they distribute. The launch meeting was very well attended, including a number of men who came along to meet the buddies and talk.

Our Chairman Roly, opened the meeting and welcomed all the attendees, especially the Deputy Lord Leitenant of Dumfries. He thanked the 3rd Sector for all their admin help in setting up the charity, and a huge thank you to Stella Milsom of the local MacMillan Cancer Support Group for their kind donation towards the group set up costs.

In the photograph L>R are: Stella Milsom (MacMillan Support), Mae Bell (Prostate Scotland), Founder Buddy Jim Monro, Founder Chairman Roly Proudlock, Founder Buddy Scott McColl, Founder Treasurer Andrew Edgar, Deputy Lord Leitenant Alison Hall & Founder Buddy Keiran McGovern.

Our meetings will be held on the last Wednesday of each month at the Dumfries Baptist Church Centre from 7pm – 9pm. As the word spreads we hope for more attendees, along with their partners/family. We are here to help with moral and emotional supprt to help you through your diagnosis.

News, help & advice and resources we’ve found useful including support from Maggie’s and guidance from Prostate Scotland along with some great video content.

Maggie’s Centres –  How they can help.

Practical, emotional and social support.

Maggie’s – Edinburgh

Diets and Healthier Lifestyle Choices

Prostate Scotland – Diet, supplements & lifestyle

Pull your finger out

Prostate Scotland: “Pull your finger out” Campaign – This is the latest Scotland wide initiative aimed at encouraging both greater awareness of prostate disease and its symptoms, and encouraging more men who become aware of potential signs and symptoms to get these checked. Because prostate disease is a major issue but a little known problem!

Watch “Pull Your Finger Out” advert – http://314814028

Ian Annand’s video – Prostate Scotland

Prostate Cancer Symptoms and the P.S.A.Test

Watch these helpful and insightful videos via the links below:

Mr Rick Popert – London Bridge Urology – Prostate Cancer Warning Signs, Diagnosis & Treatment

Grant Stott interviews Craig Levein about his experience – Craig Levein Interview

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