Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust has joined forces with The Urology Foundation to improve the diagnosis, treatment and management of urological disease for local people.

Explains Justin Collins, Urology Consultant: “We are organising a Golf Marathon, with the aim of raising around £1 million to fund several exciting and important new services that will benefit hundreds of NHS patients in Surrey each year. We specialise in urological services at Ashford and St Peter’s and help patients with conditions such as prostate cancer, kidney stones, kidney cancer, bladder cancer and incontinence to name but a few.”

The Golf Marathon will take place throughout September and October and there are several ways that local people can help this worthy cause. Justin said: “We really want people to get behind Golf Marathon, sign up to play a round of golf and collect sponsorship from family and friends. With so many fantastic courses to choose from in Surrey it won’t be a hardship for keen golfers to play 9 holes, 18 holes or as many as they can fit into their own personal marathon!”

As an extra incentive, every registrant who donates £36 (which is only £2 a hole) or more in sponsorship is automatically entered into a prize draw to play a round with a celebrity or sports personality, plus other fantastic prizes. If you can’t play yourself, you can still sponsor Justin during Prostate Cancer Awareness Week (19th – 25th September), when he will attempt to play four rounds of golf per day for seven days – a total of 504 holes! Visit www.golfmarathon.co.uk and click on ‘donate’.

The final way people can get involved is to buy a ticket for the Golf Marathon Gala Fundraising Dinner on 8th October at Wentworth Golf Club. A table of ten costs £1000 to book, and this includes a champagne reception, three course meal, after dinner speakers, charity auction and dancing. Call Serena at The Urology Foundation on 020 7713 9538 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Justin added: “This is an ambitious and exciting project which will really benefit local people. Some urological conditions can be serious and debilitating for patients and for those facing a diagnosis of cancer, quite simply devastating. We hope that the money we raise will help to buy a laser to treat kidney stones and certain types of kidney cancer, provide access to new “one stop clinics” where patients referred to hospital get their investigations and management plan on the first appointment if appropriate. We would also like to help introduce robotically assisted surgery in Surrey, as a safe and effective treatment option for localised prostate cancer.”
 

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