Old Fools on Horses completes challenge for Prostate Cancer UK at Snowball Farm

August 13, 2014

MenUnitedVProstateCancerMatt Sobol (63) of Eton Wick, Sean Arnett (49) of Littleworth Common, Matt Hay (48) of Burnham, Jouni Sarjanen (50) of Burnham and Andy Leigh of Bourne End have taken up the reins at Snowball Farm Equestrian Centre for Prostate Cancer UK.

Snowball-Event-374The Old Fools on Horses raised over £4,000 by completing a dressage test and a showjumping competition in front of an audience  of around 300 at Snowball Farm Equestrian Centre in Burnham, Buckinghamshire on 10th of August to help the charity to continue supporting men living with prostate cancer in the UK.

The Old Fools on Horses were inspired by Natalie Western-Kaye, Managing Partner at Snowball Farm Equestrian Centre, who lost her father to prostate cancer three years ago and Hoof’s Take Back The Reins program to get in the saddle for prostate cancer.

Take Back The Reins is an initiative by Hoof which is the British Equestrian Federation’s Olympic and Paralympic legacy campaign which aims to encourage more people to take up horse riding and other equestrian sports.

Snowball-Event-364Matt Sobol, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer in September 2011 and after an operation, was given the all clear in 2012 said: “I wanted to do this for Prostate Cancer UK to encourage men to get checked early. The importance of being checked early is that it gives the cancer team a good chance of making sure that they can make a full recovery. Although there are many signs that indicate prostate cancer, the cancer can begin with hardly any signs, so the best thing to do is once you reach 50, go and see a doctor. A simple blood test can be a fairly good indicator of prostate cancer.

I only went to see a doctor on persistence of a colleague who had prostate cancer and was surprised to hear that I had cancer. Had I not had this check, I would not be here today to take part in Old Fools On Horses.

I am delighted that we took to the reins with Hoof and Snowball Farm Equestrian Centre to raise awareness and much needed money to help the fight against prostate cancer.”

Mark Bishop, Director of Fundraising at Prostate Cancer UK, said: “We would like to thank the group of Old Fools on Horses for raising funds for Prostate Cancer UK. It is with support like this that we can help provide dedicated support and information to men and their families affected by prostate cancer and fund research to help fight the disease.”

“With over 40,000 men diagnosed with prostate cancer each year in the UK and one man dying every hour, it is our aim to help more men survive the disease and enjoy a better quality of life.”

Prostate Cancer UK is currently engaged in its high profile ‘Men United v Prostate Cancer’ campaign, which aims to build a united front of men against the disease.  Homeland star Damian Lewis, Game of Thrones hard man Charles Dance, Sir Michael Parkinson and rugby legend Will Carling – some of Britain’s most iconic figures – have already signed for Men United, a unique team ‘managed’ by comedian Bill Bailey. Men are being asked to sign here where they can also test their health knowledge by taking a quick quiz.

To help the Old Fools on Horses continue to raise money please visit www.justgiving.com/oldFoolsOnHorses/

See the day in pictures by photographer Ian Gell.

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Prostate Cancer UK is a registered charity in England and Wales (1005541) and in Scotland (SC039332). Registered company 2653887.

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