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JCB Employee Marches On For Prostate Cancer

Warehouse employee Andy Smith, who works at the JCB World Parts Centre, Uttoxeter, is walking 11,000 steps every day throughout March to raise awareness of prostate cancer, which kills 11,000 men every year.

Andy, 60, of Alton has taken on the challenge in memory of his uncle, Gerald, who died of prostate cancer in 2009, aged just 52. He aims to raise £1,000 for Prostate Cancer UK’s ‘March the Month’ campaign as well as raising awareness of the importance of regularly checking for symptoms and seeking early medical advice.

He said: “I was raised by my grandparents so my uncle Gerald was more like a brother to me. He was my hero and it was devastating when he died at such a young age. It was too late when he found that he had prostate cancer and he died soon after, so ever since I have always tried to do something each year to raise awareness because it is so important and treatable when found early.”

“The 11,000 steps challenge is easily achievable for me every day because I’m always on my feet at work and I walk my dogs, Frankie and Gracie, but it is really important to me that I raise awareness about it and help the charity all I can. I did the challenge in 2021 and then couldn’t complete it last year as I had Covid, so this year I am determined to do my bit.”

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