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Urology nurses put best feet forward for Jeff Stelling’s March for Men

Published 18/05/2017
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A TRIO of urology nurses from the Royal Derby Hospital are preparing to step out with sports commentator Jeff Stelling as he once again takes on his March for Men.

Specialist nurses Natalie Mart, Amy Goodman and Christine Williams will join Jeff for the final leg of the epic march, which will see the Sky Sports presenter walking the distance of 15 marathons in 15 days to raise money and awareness for the charity Prostate Cancer UK. He will be calling at more than 40 football grounds on the way.

The team will walk from Durham County Cricket Club to St James’ Park, in Newcastle, via football grounds in Sunderland and Gateshead.

It is the second time Natalie and Chris have taken part in the event, but Amy’s first time.

Natalie, who lives in Willington, said: “Last year was fabulous. We both chatted to Jeff as we were walking from Derby to Nottingham, via Burton, and spoke to lots of people who have had prostate cancer or are living with it. It gave me a real sense of solidarity with others trying to spread the word about prostate cancer. I felt like I was doing something really worthwhile.”

Christine, of Melbourne, added: “The day itself was hard, but very enjoyable. It made the blisters worthwhile. I can’t wait to do it again.”

Last year’s Men United March raised £420,000 for Prostate Cancer UK. The urology team raised more than £3,000 in sponsorship in support of their efforts. They’re hoping to raise a good amount again this year, but all said their focus was on raising awareness about the condition.

Natalie said: “We want to make sure people know which symptoms to look out for. Prostate cancer mainly affects men over 50, so a lot of men put the early signs – problems passing urine; back and hip pain - down to simply getting older. However, these symptoms could be a down to a growth in the prostate, so it is vital that anyone experiencing them books an appointment with their GP to get it looked at.”

More than 400 new cases of prostate cancer were diagnosed in the Trust last year. Prostate Cancer UK believes the number of people diagnosed with the condition will increase steeply over the next few years.

Symptoms of the condition include: Needing to urinate more frequently; an urgent need to urinate; difficulty in passing urine; and blood in the urine or semen. Anyone experiencing these should visit their GP.

The walk is taking place on Friday, 16 June. Anyone keen to sponsor Natalie, Christine or Amy should visit www.justgiving.com

Last Modified 18/05/2017