Week-long event will ‘Paint Altrincham Blue’ to raise awareness of prostate cancer

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Tony Collier, the Provost of Altrincham who was diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer in 2017, is holding a week-long ‘Paint Altrincham Blue’ campaign to raise awareness of prostate cancer, testicular cancer and men’s mental health.

The week of events, which is being supported by Altrincham’s Business Improvement District (the BID), is taking place between Monday 8th and Saturday 13th November.

Altrincham’s businesses – including Cheshire Tap, The Con Club, Maskell + Josephson, Off The Wheaten Track and Pure Gym – will be marking the week by decorating and lighting their windows in blue as well as selling blue themed products, such as cocktails and cakes.

Tony will also be talking about his own experiences at a free Prostate Cancer Awareness Talk at Gran T’s Coffee House on Thursday 11th November (6-7pm).

The highlight of the event is a free self-guided Heritage and Health Walk on Saturday 13th November. To take part, pick up a walk sheet from Prostate Cancer UK volunteers near to the Hale War Memorial on Broomfield Lane in Hale, anytime between 10 and 11am.

Some of the Altrincham businesses taking part in Paint Altrincham Blue

The guide will take you to the town’s landmarks and heritage sites as well as presenting some facts about health.

The walk takes approximately an hour and finishes in the Not So Secret Garden in Stamford Square.

Tony said: “One man dies every 45 minutes of prostate cancer in the UK and yet it’s entirely curable with early diagnosis. Regrettably there is no screening programme in the UK which is why raising awareness is so vital and saves lives.

“The theme of ‘Paint Altrincham Blue’ is to raise awareness of prostate cancer as well as other men’s health issues, testicular cancer and mental health, and to save men’s lives.”

You can support Prostate Cancer UK via the Paint Altrincham Blue fundraising page.

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