LMB staff have raised over £1300 for Prostate Cancer UK at the annual charity Christmas raffle, which was this year supported by a sale of Christmas decorations and gifts made by members of the recently formed LMB Craft and Chatter group. Each year a charity is chosen because of the support they have provided to members of staff or their families.
Prostate Cancer UK aims to stop men dying from prostate cancer, by funding ground-breaking research, driving improvements in treatment, and fighting injustice in care. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, with approximately 47,000 men diagnosed with this disease every year in the UK. Roughly 1 in 8 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point in their lives and risk increases with age. Prostate Cancer UK was set up with the aim to improve the care and welfare of those affected by prostate cancer, increase investment in research, and raise public awareness of the disease and how a healthier lifestyle might reduce the risk of developing prostate cancer.
The LMB has held a Christmas raffle since the early 1970s and has supported many local and national charities. This year, for the first time, money was also raised from the sale of a large variety of beautiful handmade Christmas decorations and gifts, which included knitted, crocheted, stitched, and paper craft items. These were all made by members of the LMB Craft and Chatter group, and included all sorts of brightly coloured ornaments and baubles to hang on a tree, Christmas cards, and even reindeer food.
Jillian Deans, organiser of the sale, commented, “The LMB Craft and Chatter group were delighted to be able to help raise funds for Prostate Cancer UK, and thank all staff for their support and participation.”
Since 2000, the LMB has raised around £25,000 for charity at Christmastime.