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By Phil Westren
As previously announced the Cornish Pirates chosen charity for this season is in support of ‘The Chestnut Appeal’, which is at the forefront of prostate cancer care right across the region.
Holding a match day collection at the Cornish Pirates first Championship home match of the season against Bristol Rugby, thanks to the generosity of rugby supporters the sum of £835-00 was raised.
Speaking on behalf of The Chestnut Appeal, campaign spokesman David Squires said: “Made most welcome, we had a great day at the Pirates, with all of our collectors – including players Paul Andrew, Brett Beukeboom, and Nicolas Coronel – receiving such a friendly and generous response from the supporters of both teams.”
“The amount collected was a fantastic sum, and the rugby action also provided a thrilling game to watch, with a truly spirited fight back witnessed from the Pirates. Many thanks again.”
Monies raised for The Chestnut Appeal will support the very latest in treatments and technology that wouldn’t be available without community fundraising.
More than 40,000 new cases of prostate cancer are diagnosed in the UK every year and yet less than 20% of men know where their prostate gland is or what it does, so a lot of work is clearly needed.
The charity has just started a large scale fundraising operation to bring an MRi- Fusion to Cornwall (to be based in Cornwall at Treliske), so the partnership with the Cornish Pirates couldn’t have been better timed, and together we call all play our part.
Besides the match day collection, The Chestnut Appeal has also recently received a donation from Three S Films, Penzance, totalling £250, which followed their associated work with the Cornish Pirates.