Actavo | Hire & Sales Solutions Branch Manager, Keith Padwick’s personal story is inspiring colleagues to get behind the company’s fundraising drive for Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.
Keith Padwick – Manager of Actavo’s Chichester branch – was diagnosed at the age of 58 with an aggressive prostate tumour that he was told was neither operable nor curable. However, his response to his treatment to date has resulted in a more optimistic prognosis.
He says: “Although the outlook was bleak to begin with, I’ve now been told that the aim is to cure my prostate cancer. I’ve been lucky to have excellent support from my company – especially my Regional Manager – and the help of a wonderful team of people at a small local charity in West Sussex called Cancer United and their ‘CU Fitter’ rehabilitation programme. My body has responded well to hormone treatment and to the fact that I am keeping fit and positive at Cancer United’s gym that is specifically designed for cancer patients – the first of its kind in the UK.”
Staff from Actavo’s branches, offices and sites around the UK are throwing themselves into supporting the charity through a variety of initiatives such as selling pin badges, raffles and holding ‘Brew & Bake’ events.
These activities are bolstered by Actavo Direct’s pledge to donate 5% of all online orders to Prostate Cancer UK through the month of March.
The company’s collective efforts will contribute to the dual aims of the charity: to raise all-important money for research and to increase awareness of prostate cancer, which will affect one in eight men in the UK at some point in their lives.
Thanking his colleagues for their support, Padwick adds: “All men are at risk of prostate cancer, although it mainly affects those over 50. The risk increases for those with a history of either prostate or breast cancer in their close family. My advice to every man is to get checked by your doctor. Don’t be shy about, it because it can be beaten. The sooner it’s diagnosed, the better the outcome.”
For more information and to see the total raised online so far, visit www.actavodirect.com/prostate-cancer-campaign.