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A group of men are hoping to lay strong roots for the fight against prostate cancer by pushing wheelbarrows of radishes through their village.

Members of the Men’s Breakfast Club of Feltwell are planning to wheel 47,000 of the vegetables nearly five miles during the unusual charity challenge later this month.

The project is being organised to support Prostate Cancer UK’s March for Men initiative, which counts the well-known football presenter Jeff Stelling among its most high-profile supporters.

Men's Breakfast Club of Feltwell preparing for Radish Push in aid of Prostate Cancer... (16293788)
Men's Breakfast Club of Feltwell preparing for Radish Push in aid of Prostate Cancer... (16293788)

And club co-ordinator Paul Garland said it was a cause that was close to home for many of the group’s members, including him.

He said: “My father died of prostate cancer two years ago. He was diagnosed late and it had spread to his bones.

“This was a sobering lesson so I asked my local surgery for regular blood tests for PSA, a prostate cancer indicator protein.

“One test earlier this year came back very high and I was referred to West Suffolk Hospital where a biopsy of my prostate was taken.

“Fortunately it came back negative and my PSA levels fell over the next few weeks. It transpired that I had had a urine infection.

“This experience strengthened my resolve to do something to make men more aware of their health.”

Club members plan to wheel their barrows along a 4.7 mile route from the Love Radish factory on Southery Road to the Wellington pub, on Saturday, September 28, from 10am.

As well as raising funds for the Norfolk and Waveney Prostate Cancer Support Group, with an initial £1,000 target for fundraising, they hope to raise awareness of the disease, which kills one man every 45 minutes.

Gabriella Bailey, interim director of fundraising for Prostate Cancer UK, said: “That’s more than 11,500 men a year and, by 2030, prostate cancer is set to become the most commonly diagnosed cancer of all in the UK.

“Money raised will help us fund research for real change, from more effective testing to better treatment. Walk alongside us and help stop prostate cancer being a killer.”

Anyone who is interested in getting involved, or donating, should email garlandp@btinternet.com

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