CHAPS Newsletter No. 3

Aug 2014

Dear Supporter

As we start 2014 it seems appropriate to update you and reflect upon a remarkable year for CHAPS.Whilst our strategic objectives of raising awareness for men’s health and campaigning for better health services remain the same, our Big Lottery Fund grant in May of £74,000 has been a game changer.But first to recap on 2013.

Our main event was the Men’s Health Day at The Weston Homes Community Stadium in March attended by 285 men.We detected numerous unknown abnormalities including life-threatening aortic aneurysms, a kidney cancer and early prostate cancers, all of which have been successfully treated.This was followed in the evening by the Sportsman’s Dinner which raised £10,000.A big “thank you” again to our sponsors and exhibitors who made this possible.

Over the year we have continued to give talks on Men’s Health and through the support of Rotary and the Lions have extended our activities from the East Coast down to South Essex and Southend.

We are most grateful to Barry Minns, Captain, and the members of Colchester Golf Club who raised £1,700 for us in 2013.We also ran our first Golf Day, excellently hosted at the Crowne Plaza 5 Lakes course in October which raised nearly £2,000.A big “thank you” to our players and sponsors and we plan to return in September.

In 2014 our major events will be the Men’s Health Days at Colchester United on March 27th, at Southend United on May 19th and Ipswich Town FC in October.Each venue now has its own organising committee with its own local medical, business and community support.

Our success over the last two years has resulted in receipt of a Big Lottery Fund grant of £74,000 to work with Enable East who are project managing 27 other health-related charities across the whole of East Anglia and including a major event at Newmarket Racecourse on 7.6.14.Congratulations to Susannah Howard of Enable East who put the project together and has just been awarded Colchester Businesswomen of the Year.

With our grant we have reprinted our Men’s Health booklet, appointed a Development Manager and, with your continued support, believe we can replicate our successful format for men across the country.

Best wishes for 2014.

Chris Booth