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Prostate cancer donation from golf club drives a tee-mendous £8,000 to Southend Hospital

The urology department at Southend Hospital has been given £8,000 from members of Orsett Golf Club, many whom received prostate cancer care.

Ronnie Wilkes, a member of the club and former captain, received treatment from urology consultant Peter Acher and his team during his own battle with prostate cancer.

Ronnie said: “Having had major surgery and radiotherapy five years ago, I decided I would like to give something back for all the help Peter and his team had given me by organising annual golf days.”

As well as sinking putts, Orsett Golf Club members sank their hands into their pockets over the last five years, with the money raised through their annual charity golf days.

Peter attended those events, raising awareness with those taking part, and collected a cheque on behalf of the hospital.

He said: “We are grateful for the support from Orsett Golf Club, not only for the donations which will help us research and develop our services, but also for creating the conversations that lead to more men getting tested early on whilst there is a window of opportunity for a cure.”

Ronnie said: “Helping raise awareness has meant many members of our club have now received treatment at Southend. I hope that we will continue to raise money for the unit for many years to come.”

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