Prostate Cymru is the leading prostate health charity in Wales, supporting Welsh men with prostate issues. The charity was founded in 2003 and is a mainly voluntary organisation. The charity has no government or national funding and relies on the generosity and kindness of its volunteers and fundraisers.
Donations are used to fund the charity’s key aims:
• Awareness – The charity provides awareness sessions to workplaces, social, rotary and sports clubs across Wales free of charge in order to educate men about prostate cancer and benign prostate disease. The risk of having prostate cancer as a Welsh man is 1 in 8, the risk increases dramatically to 1 in 3 if there is a family history of the disease.
• Medical Equipment & Training – Prostate Cymru have supported GreenLight Laser treatment for benign prostate disease at the Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend, a centre of excellence for the treatment. Last year, the treatment was recommended to the NHS. With regards to prostate cancer, the charity petitioned the Welsh Government to fund the Da Vinci robotic system for minimally invasive prostate cancer treatment. The robot is based in the University Hospital of Wales and Prostate Cymru has funded the training of six surgeons so far to use the equipment on patients from their health boards.
• Research & Innovation – The charity has created a research and innovation fund to support research projects and innovative techniques to ensure that Welsh men will have access to the best available treatments from the NHS in Wales. Grants are awarded by a committee of key Welsh urologists representing each health board in Wales.
• Travelling Fellowships - Prostate Cymru introduced its travelling fellowships scheme in 2016 to help fund the elective study periods of medical students from Cardiff University and Swansea University specialising in urology. The awards are named in memory of Ray Murray, the charity’s founder and Ray Williams, the Chairman and founder of the Pembrokeshire Friends of Prostate Cymru.