Prison cash for cancer charity

By by Alan Vincent Twitter: @iomnewspapers in Charity

Staff and inmates at Isle of Man Prison along with their family and friends raised more than £1,000 for Manx Cancer Help.

The money was raised by them taking part in the the charity’s ’Growvember Challenge’.

The idea was to grow and shape some facial hair over the month of November.

Pictured are the prison’s deputy governor, Geoff Hathaway (left) and senior officer Mike Pacey (right) with other prison staff, handing over a cheque for £1,021 to Dawn Herbert and Gareth Nicholson from Manx Cancer Help.

A spokesman for Manx Cancer Help said: ’Although there is a fun element to the event, spreading awareness of men’s mental health is how the campaign started. Women have the upper hand on their male counterparts when it comes to discussing issues that affect them, with most men deciding to keep their problems hidden.

’Looking after your mental health is very much as important as looking after your physical health.

’Manx Cancer Help offers a gym for your mind, if you are struggling with the impact of cancer and feel that you would benefit from seeing a professional who can help you through the difficult times please ring 679544 or drop in and say hello at The Lisa Lowe Centre in Braddan.’

Manx Cancer Help has also received £2,161.50 from staff at KPMG.

The money was raised over the last three months by the company hosting a number of fundraising events.

As an alternative to sending out Christmas cards to clients, KPMG decided to instead donate the money saved to Manx Cancer Help.

KPMG directors also helped raise funds by donating a voucher for an overnight stay in an Atrium room with breakfast for two people at the Sefton Hotel which was then bid for by staff in an auction.

A raffle was also held at the company for a day off over the festive period. Staff also organised a ’bonus ball lottery’ and ’dress down Fridays’.

Fundraising co-ordinater at the charity, Gareth Nicholson said: ’We are extremely grateful to the staff and directors of KPMG, the monies raised are vital and will go towards the £300,000 target we must achieve each year to be able to carry on offering free psychological therapies to anyone affected by any cancer at any age.’

The charity will be holding The Lisa Lowe Appeal Walk on Sunday, April 23 and is hoping to get as many people as possible involved.

The walk sees participants take on the Millennium Way and walk 24 miles from Sky Hill to Castletown, either individually, or as a team of four.

For anyone who would prefer a shorter walk, there is the option of joining the event at Crosby at 1pm for a 10-mile walk.

There is a £20 entry fee and you can sign up for the event by visiting

For more information contact Gareth Nicholson via or call 679544.

Manx Cancer Help was established in 1983 and provides specialist psychological and emotional support to anyone whose life has been affected by a cancer diagnosis.

Based at the Lisa Lowe Centre, the charity is completely self-funded, which is achieved through events, donations, and collaborations.

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Brody Trejo · 157 days ago · Report

For an individual it is most dreadful to come through the fact that he is suffering from some incurable disease. We often look for help and advice in such case to guide us a way so that we can overcome the trauma. There are certain institutions like who are working in the support of people who can’t afford expensive treatment. Hope it will be helpful.

aragm · 157 days ago · Report

H Watterson · 182 days ago · Report

Where's the picture? I like it, how nice they give thought and try to help cancer patients who are in a sense prisoners to their illness sometimes, not always in control.

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