Two Sheffield sisters who lost their dad to prostate cancer want to raise awareness that it is not just an ‘old man’s’ disease.
Shona and Shelley Barraclough are to hold a family fun day at Wadsley Bridge Workings Men’s Club tomorrow, Saturday - and mum-of-four Shelley will complete a sky-dive the following day.
The pair want to raise awareness of the condition, and funds for the Prostate Cancer Research Centre, after their dad Paul died of the disease aged 59.
In the UK, about one in eight men will get prostate cancer at some point in their lives.
Mum-of-one Shona, aged 30, of Firth Park, said: “Doctors told dad that it was an old man’s cancer - he was diagnosed four years ago but they had said there was no chance he had it.
“A good friend of mine was diagnosed with it the year before and he was dead at 56.
“I have lost two men in my life to the same thing - both of them before they were 60.
“I think there is a bit of a taboo.
“Men don’t want to talk about it.
“When we have tried to raise awareness they have buried their head in the sand.”
The fun day at the club on Halifax Road will include stalls put on by residents, a bouncy castle, entertainment and food noon-6pm.
Shelley, aged 37, is to take part in the sky-dive on Sunday at Langar Airfield in Nottingham.
Shona added: “It is for a great cause and it will be a great day.
“The stallholders are all local people who are coming together to raise money for a good cause and I think that is what Sheffield is about.”
To donate to the cause, or for more details, visit www.justgiving.com/Shelley-Barraclough