Projects of the Rotary Club of Bristol



In September 2006, Bristol Rotary Club launched its first Run for the Future to raise awareness about prostate cancer and raise funds for the Bristol Urological Institute Prostate Cancer Appeal. Over the next 9 years this annual 5 km “Family Fun-Run” on Bristol’s Downs raised £280,100 for the Appeal. This has been used to fund basic research at UWE(University of the West of England), the UWE Robotics Unit and Bristol University.  It also importantly helped raise awareness about this “silent killer” which affects over 40,000 men each year in the UK and kills over 10,000.  Despite a huge amount of promotional work, we have not been able to grow the event in recent years and so have decided, reluctantly, to end Run for the Future and look for other means of raising funds and awareness for this important cause. 


Coincidentally, Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland is launching a national Prostate Cancer Awareness Cycle Run on Fathers’ Day, June 21st 2015 and Bristol Rotarians have agreed to link this with the Bristol Sky Ride organised by Bristol City Council.  We are encouraging all those who want to take part in the Skyride to do so as sponsored riders for Southmead Hospital’s Charity Prostate Cancer Appeal (Charity 1055900).  Although the Sky Ride is a free event, Sky TV and British Cycling organisers are happy that local Rotarians, their families and friends use this event as an opportunity to raise funds for prostate cancer.   Cyclists can donate directly or set up  their own fund-raising page via Whether you are a cyclist or not, there is an opportunity for everyone to help with this event or to donate if you can’t be there on the day.  We are asking all past supporters of Run for the Future to “Cycle for Prostate Cancer” on the 21st June.  Now that we know there will be no further Runs for the Future, this is Rotary’s big chance to continue all the good work of raising awareness about prostate cancer and fund-raising for prostate cancer care. 


Thanking Bristol Rotarians for organising Run for the Future, Professor David Gillatt, Clinical Director at Southmead Hospital’s Urological Department said: “The pump priming of research by Run for the Future has been one of the main drivers to bring prostate cancer into focus as a high priority for Bristol. There are now several prostate cancer research projects across Bristol. The clinical services are of the highest quality, with Bristol being the largest prostate cancer centre in the UK and the busiest Robotics Surgical Centre for prostate cancer, in the UK.  Prostate cancer is at the forefront of our efforts. We have formed the Bristol Prostate Cancer Research Network to bring together researchers and clinicians to discuss the way forward.  Without the efforts of Run for the Future, Rotary and others in fund-raising, and, as importantly, raising awareness this could never have happened. Awareness has made the people of Bristol seek advice about their prostate health and the Health Communities put prostate cancer on an equal level to other common and potentially lethal cancers. The academic community recognises the need to help answer all the questions still remaining unanswered about this disease. The efforts of Run for the Future have been at the very forefront of changing perceptions about prostate cancer in Bristol and will eventually, I believe, result in reduced suffering and death because of this disease.”

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