The Petersfield Lions Club (CIO) and the Hampshire Branch of the Prostate Cancer Support Organisation charity (PCaSO) held a blood testing event at Winton House in Petersfield High Street on Saturday 2nd March. Fully booked with 168 appointments, it was expected to be a busy day, running from 10am to 2pm. And so it was – in the end, 181 men had blood samples taken for PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) testing, including local MP Damien Hinds. He kindly attended the event to help raise awareness of prostate cancer and agreed to take the test himself. The Mayor of Petersfield also paid the event a visit.

Lions Club members and experienced PCaSO volunteers welcomed each man attending the event. After completing a consent form, the men watched a short information video about the signs and treatment of prostate cancer. The men were then guided to the nerve centre of the operation – three local volunteer phlebotomists took blood samples from 181 men, averaging 13 men every 15 minutes over 3½ hours. Hats off to them!

Petersfield Lions Club helped to fund the event, along with generous grants. District Councillor Jamie Matthews provided £980 from EHDC funds and Petersfield Town Council gave £500. The tests were free of charge to those tested, but the good folk of Petersfield donated £1,374 towards the costs of testing, approximately £10 per test. Petersfield Lions are covering the addition cost and making a donation of around £800 to support the work of PCaSO in Hampshire.

Lions Club members also sold refreshments and cakes, raising £30 for the local Headway charity that cares for people who suffer from brain injury.

Damien Hinds MP giving a small blood sample for PSA testing, with phlebotomist Marrie Simms and Peter Wier, PCaSO.

email : petersfield.lions@yahoo.co.uk  phone : 0345 833 5734

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