Meet our two newest ambassadors:
Originally from Kirkton, now living in Dumfries with his partner Isabel, Colin works in Arla’s dairy, producing milk, also acting as a health and safety facilitator and a first aider.
Colin lives for his family and is a proud father and grandpa, enjoying time with his five grandkids for whom he leads a healthy lifestyle.
Away from family matters, colin is an active charity fund-raiser, organising events to raise money for worthy organisations including Prostate Buddies D & G, as some of his friends are battling PC, others have lost their lives to it. He realises the value of raising PC awareness to encourage men to visit their doctors if they have symptoms. Colin is also Vice Chair of the Solway Vehicle Enthusiasts Club which is dedicated to raising charity funds through numerous events. Colin is also keen on amateur photography, classic cars and vintage tractors and a close friend of one of our Buddies, Robert Copland
Welcome to Dougie Smith:
Dougie Smith is a driver with A W Jenkinson Forest Products, for whom he has worked since 1998 and while he’s had lots of different tasks within the company, his current run is from BSW Fort William to Jenkinsons at Penrith, carrying wood shavings, meaning he travels the Highland Highway daily.Dougie is passionate about classic cars and other vehicles and they are involved more often than not in his regular fund-raising activities, his latest acquisition, a Ferrari, already committed to being on our stands at the shows we attend.
Dougie generously supports two cancer charities, the Breast Cancer Ladies at Heathhall Garden Centre and of course, Prostate Buddies D & G, particularly because every penny raised is spent right here and doesn’t go nationwide. He adds that the cause is close to his heart as his papa had a lot of cancer trouble years ago but with no support, he passed away with the disease.
This is why he is so keen to support Prostate Buddies who provide vital support to men who have the disease, whilst also raising awareness of it’s dangers to others.
Here is the link to the FULL VERSION of our recent Border TV advert. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1AusDWucODpvCo3fyo1dF_lcvmrlgmK_L/view
Thank you again to Ian Baird & Mark Hunt for their wonderful donation towards the cost of making this film.
Thanks also to our motorcyclist Graeme McColm, our film maker Ruari Barber-Fleming and Liam Russel who provided the music.
Recently we have received two large donations to the Prostate Buddies D&G charity funds, namely over £250 from Tesco Cuckoo Bridge store & £200 from The Dumfries Branch of Dingbro.
We are very grateful to Mrs Anne Croucher the Community Champion at Tesco Cuckoo Bridge, along with Greame Dalgliesh & Russell Grant of Dingbro Dumfries for their generous gifts.
This will go a long way to help us in our cause to help men recently diagnosed with Prostate Cancer to come to terms with their illness by providing moral and emotional support, when it is most needed.
We also run a perpetual campaign to raise ‘Prostate Awareness’ among men 50 years old or more as one in eight men is diagnosed with Prostate Cancer.
As a charity, we look forward to 2021 when our plans to visit several local events and shows where men congregate, initially arranged from 2020, will hopefully come to fruition and their financial assistance will make this all the easier.
Other recent local donations over the Autumn months have been received from Tarff Town & Country, Lockerbie Road Dumfries, Jim Brown Captain of the Dumfries & Galloway Golf Club, Mrs Lyndsey Wright of St John’s Town of Dalry Post Office, Nicola Kerr of NVK Nails Dumfries and our very own Buddy Robert Copeland for a collection made at his recent ploughing contest. Without these and the other donations we receive the charity would not be able to offer the support to men in Dumfries & Galloway who have recently been diagnosed with Prostate Disease or Prostate Cancer. A sincere thank you to all who have made a donation this year.
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.
Call our support line: 07856 899411
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 2019:
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.
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