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Every FootGolf Centre in Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire has signed up to the appeal.

OctoBeardFest, the successful beard-growing appeal launched by the Prostate Project in 2013, is joining forces with South East media and FootGolf Centres to promote this year’s appeal. GBP146,000 has been raised in 2 years, which is funding vital diagnostic research to find prostate cancer faster.

FootGolf is one of the fastest growing sports in the UK with more than 130 courses around the country and new ones opening all the time. Every FootGolf Centre in Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire has signed up to the appeal. All clubs will donate 25% of registered OBF players’ green fees to the appeal for games played mid-week Monday to Friday as well as promoting the appeal with posters and leaflets.

The OBF marketing team are targeting pubs, clubs and businesses within a 15 minute drive of each participating Centre and encouraging people to give up an hour to play 9 holes. 1 hour for 1 life. One man dies of prostate cancer every hour in the UK. Nine holes of FootGolf takes on average, 40 minutes and costs on average, around £9.

Tim Sharp, a trustee of the Prostate Project who founded OctoBeardFest, hopes more will quickly follow. “The aim is to get as many FootGolf Centres as we can supporting us” said Tim. “We have been amazed at how popular this idea is. The FootGolf Centres see this as a win, win situation. They get more midweek business when the courses are quieter at the same time as supporting a very worthy charity."

Any FootGolf Centre wishing to participate in this year’s appeal should contact Tim Sharp on: 07989 865702 or email: tim@timothysharp.co.uk

The money raised so far has been used to support a world-class cancer research team under the leadership of Professor Hardev Pandha. Their discovery of a protein called EN2 in urine that can detect prostate cancer 50% more accurately than the 30-year old PSA test will undergo final trials starting within the next 10 days. Results are expected by Autumn 2016 which will hopefully lead to rapid and widespread use in GPs surgeries. The simple urine test is similar to a pregnancy test. It will be less expensive than the PSA test and give much faster, more accurate results.

Professor Pandha said “This is just the beginning. We are discovering that urine is a treasure trove of information relating to prostate cancer. “This year’s Octobeardfest appeal money will be used to research exosomes, tiny particles that are constantly shed by cancer cells into urine. Their make up can reveal how aggressive the cancer is and the type of treatment needed. Previously it has taken up to 9 hours to extract exosomes from urine. Now, a new scientific kit can do the job in minutes, opening up exciting potential for faster, more accurate research.

More information is available at www.octobeardfest.co.uk or prostate-project.org.uk.

A new infographic video explaining the OBF journey can be viewed on the octobeardfest website above or at this link: [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SqWjmNl9nKM]

QUOTES FROM FOOTGOLF CENTRES:

Hoebridge - Donna Matthews, Director of Golf

“We are delighted to be supporting the Prostate Project OctoBeardFest Appeal. FootGolf at Hoebridge is growing fast and the opportunity to boost our midweek business while supporting such great local charity makes sense for all of us”

Top Golf - Livi Edwards, Marketing Manager

“The marketing team at Top Golf Addlestone are right behind this great idea. Apart from the money we will raise by returning 25% of midweek green fees we hope to encourage many of our guests and associates to get involved and grow beards for this innovative appeal"


Horton Park - Wendy Wright, Marketing Manager

“We think OBF Footgolf is a fantastic idea. All my team are really proud to be associated with this great initiative and will do all we can to spread the word at Horton Park, Epsom”

Egham Leisure Centre -Craig Corney, Operations Manager

“This a win,win situation for us. Our Footgolf course opened they day Tim came to see us. It’s a fantastic opportunity to help launch our business and support a really worthwhile charity doing some great research work. Prostate cancer affects so many of us in one way or another."

For more information about Octobeardfest and the Prostate Project visit www.octobeardfest.co.uk or www.prostate-project.org.uk

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More information from:

Tim Sharp
07989 865702 or email: tim@timothysharp.co.uk

Katherine Hammersley
07724 465883 or email: k.hammersley@surrey.ac.uk

Luke Judd
0777 5678115 or email: luke@octobeardfest.co.uk

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