A fundraiser for Bournemouth Hospital Charity has been awarded tickets to an AFC Bournemouth match as a thank you for raising over £1,400 by taking part in the event March for Men.
Dave Coleman, 54, an IT manager at Twynham School in Christchurch, was diagnosed with prostate cancer in November 2013. He started his treatment in early December and has since been fundraising to help others who are being treated for the same disease.
Dave was awarded the tickets by AFC Bournemouth football maestro and March for Men supporter, Eunan O’Kane. March for Men took place earlier this month and saw over 350 men, women and children running or walking for men’s health at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital.
Dave said: “I saw the poster at the urology clinic and thought what a fantastic event that would raise both money and awareness of prostate cancer. I wanted to get involved so I could give a little back to the hospital for the superb and rapid treatment that I have received so far.
“You often see negative stories about the NHS in the UK but all I have experienced is positive and first class treatment.”
Dave, who lives in Bournemouth, has set himself a total fundraising target of £5,000, which he hopes to meet by taking part in other charity events such as Movember.
Fundraising Officer, Barry Wilson, said: “Dave has been a great asset to the charity since he signed up for March for Men. Not only is his fundraising fantastic he also got his family and friends involved in the event and was great at helping with our social media updates on Twitter and Facebook. We can’t thank him enough.”
You can support Dave in his fundraising by visiting www.virginmoneygiving.com/davecoleman146
Bournemouth Hospital Charity aims to raise £2m each year to support the patient experience above and beyond what the NHS can provide. Donations to the charity provide the funding for much needed equipment and resources.