News – New Buddy – Tony Francis from Thornhill
Meet Tony Francis , the newest member of the Dumfries team of Buddies.
A retired schoolteacher and adventurer, Tony has like all the Buddies, completed his Prostate treatment and now wants to help other men come to terms with their Prostate issues, by listening to their concerns and talking them through.
He has completed his counsellor training and now joins us with a great deal of knowledge and enthusiasm for the role and being based in Thornhill, will aim particularly to boost our profile and service in Upper Nithsdale.
Welcome Tony, we look forward to working with you and are sure you will be a great asset to our team.
Prostate Buddies D&G is a support group with trained counsellors, based in Dumfries & Newton Stewart for men recently diagnosed with, or concerned about Prostate Disease & Prostate Cancer.
Our monthly meetings are suspended meantime but we’re still here to offer moral & emotional support, totally confidential chats to talk though your concerns and advice on where to get more information.
Please note that this group has no affiliation or connection with any other prostate support group in D & G.
Visit our website: www.prostatebuddiesd&g.org.uk, keep up to date with the group on our facebook page or call our support line: 07856 899411, 12, 13, 14, or 407
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 was 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 at the Spread Eagle Inn Dumfries.
The back story for this started way back in 2019, when the regulars of the Spread Eagle decided to strip off for a “Naked Calendar” to raise funds for our charity.
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 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 2019 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 during 2020/21.
If you missed the Border Tv News programme on Thursday 12th September 2019, 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.
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 and also, at the Creebridge House Hotel Newton Stewart on the first Tuesday of each month 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 support 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.
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