Harry Lawrence is taking on the Bath Half Marathon to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK in memory of his uncle.
Harry Lawrence, from our Children’s Services, wants to raise awareness of prostate cancer and the importance of attending check-ups after his uncle Dave Lawrence died of the disease.
He said: “Last year my uncle passed away due to an aggressive form of prostate cancer. Following that, my closest friend’s father had a close encounter with prostate cancer but, luckily, was caught early enough to treat.”
Harry, who previously worked at a GP surgery in south Bristol, said he became very concerned about the number of men dying prematurely from prostate cancer.
He worked to improve diagnosis, care and follow-ups for a number of different cancers, which led to an increase in screenings for most forms of the disease. However, uptake for prostate screenings remained low.
He said: “I am hoping to raise some awareness, even if it is minor, to encourage people to attend a screening, and also to run in my uncle’s memory.”
The Bath Half Marathon is taking place on March 13th. To sponsor Harry, click here.