A CHARITY campaign by Lancaster and District Freemasons has managed to raise £24,000 for Prostate Cancer Research.
The campaign was set up by Peter Pemberton after discovering a friend had been diagnosed with the disease, and was launched in a bid to raise funds to support research projects into finding new treatments, and to raise awareness of the disease.
Peter said: “Prostate Cancer is a much under-publicised and under-funded disease which leads to the death of over 10,000 men in the UK each year. “It is almost as common as breast cancer, yet receives a mere fraction of the funding.
“In the absence of an effective treatment, early diagnosis is crucial in offering the best opportunity of stemming the tide of men dying from the disease or from suffering significant quality of life impairment.
“This is the message that, through the campaign, I want to get across.”
The latest donation of £12,000 - bringing the total donated to date to £24,000 - was presented to the charity at the Lothersdale Hotel, Morecambe attended by Jack Bacon, of Prostate Action and members of the Lancaster and District Group of Masonic Lodges.
Jack said: “On behalf of all the team at Prostate Action I am extremely grateful for the support given by Freemasons generally, and particularly for this magnificent and generous donation from the amazing campaign by the Masons of Lancaster and District.
“It will greatly help in our work towards the eventual defeat of prostate disease.”