Shift the pounds while raising money for prostate cancer research

Thursday, 6 January 2011

A gym is helping people to shed the pounds while stacking up the pounds to fund research into prostate cancer in Bristol.

Brook Redwood Country Club is supporting the 2011 Run for the Future event which takes place in September on the Downs, in Clifton.

During January and February, new members of the Redwood Country Club and gym will not pay the joining or administration fee if they register for Run for the Future at the time of taking out their membership.

Run for the Future is organised by Rotary in Bristol.

The 5k family fun run event raises money for the Bristol Urological Institute’s Prostate Cancer Appeal at Southmead Hospital for vital research into the diagnosis and treatment of the disease.

Redwood Country Club has a state of the art gym, dance studios, indoor and outdoor swimming pools and a cinema as well as tennis, badminton and squash courts.

Shaun Baker, Redwood Country Club Sales and Marketing Manager, said: “The promotion involves us scrapping the admin fee of £30 and joining fee of £49 if a new member agrees to sign up for the Run For the Future in September 2011.

“We hope we can encourage more people to take part in this important event to help raise money for such a worthy cause.

“It will also be a great way to stay motivated throughout the year if one of your New Year resolutions is to get fit and active.

“The whole club is supporting Run for the Future and we hope our current members will also sign up for the event.”

The entry fee for Run for the Future includes a free t-shirt and is £15 for adults, £12 for children under 18 years old, £35 for families of up to three and £45 for families of up to five people. 

Runners are encouraged to raise as much sponsorship as possible for the Prostate Cancer Appeal.

Martina Peattie, Run for the Future Event Organiser said: “We hope that people will take advantage of this great offer from Brook Redwood Country Club and sign up for this fantastic charity event.

“It is a great way to shape up after the festive period while working towards the goal of taking part in an event which helps to save men’s lives.

“This year we hope the event will be the best ever so that we can continue the pioneering work funded by the Prostate Cancer Appeal at the Bristol Urological Institute.”

For more information contact Brook Redwood Country Club on 01275 395 885 or visit http://www.brook-hotels.co.uk/.

You can find out more about Run for the Future and the Prostate Cancer Appeal at http://www.runforthefuture.org/.

Facts about prostate cancer:

Every year 35,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer in the UK and over 10,000 men die from the disease.

Symptoms can include problems passing urine, lower back pain, pain in the hips and pelvis and occasionally blood in the urine, although this is rare. It is important to remember that not everyone with prostate cancer gets symptoms.

The Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) blood test can give an early indication of prostate cancer before symptoms occur. Only eight per cent of men request this test from their GP.

Anyone with any concerns about their prostate, particularly men above 50 or those above 45 with a family history of any form of cancer, should see their GP to discuss a free PSA test.

Black, and especially African Caribbean, men are three times more likely to get prostate cancer than white men.