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Batman actor and Bromley journalist team up for prostate cancer charity walk

A Bromley journalist is to walk alongside Batman actor Colin McFarlane in a walk to raise money for prostate cancer.

The Men’s March, a flagship event for Prostate Cancer UK, takes place in Battersea Park on Sunday 2nd June.

Batman Begins star McFarlane, diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2022, will be joined by Chris Davies, a journalist from Bromley whose life was changed after hearing McFarlane’s story last year.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer affecting men, with one in eight diagnosed with the disease.

Mr McFarlane said: “The Men’s March is a special day to remind you that you are not alone.

“It’s a unique opportunity to walk alongside over 1,500 other people in the prostate cancer community and raise funds while you’re at it.”

News Shopper: Colin was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2022News Shopper: Colin was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2022

News Shopper: Colin was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2022

Colin was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2022 (Image: Prostate Cancer UK)

He added: “It was such an uplifting day last year and the sun even came out for us!.

“I knew I had to do it again this summer.”

In what the Hollywood actor describes as a “humbling experience”, he recalls the moment Chris Davies revealed his words were the inspiration for him to get checked out.

Colin said: “Meeting Chris and hearing his own story was an incredibly emotional moment for me as he told me that hearing my words in an interview was the prompt he needed to be verified .

“It inspires me to do more, knowing that your words really can save lives.

“It will be an honor to walk alongside him – and the Prostate Cancer UK family – on June 2.”

Chris credits Colin’s compelling interview as the catalyst for his decision to see his GP about prostate cancer.

Despite being diagnosed with an advanced stage of the disease, Chris remains symptom-free and grateful for Colin’s influence.

The 75-year-old said: “It’s hard to imagine where I’d be now if I hadn’t listened to the radio that day or gone out for a cup of tea and missed it.

“Fortunately, I didn’t. Colin spoke so persuasively, with such emotion and eloquence that he hit all the right points with me.

“I am forever grateful to Colin for pushing me over the line…who knows what could have happened with more delay?”

News buyer: Chris says he is forever grateful to Hollywood actor Colin McFarlane for speaking out about his experiencesNews buyer: Chris says he is forever grateful to Hollywood actor Colin McFarlane for speaking out about his experiences

News buyer: Chris says he is forever grateful to Hollywood actor Colin McFarlane for speaking out about his experiences

Chris says he is forever grateful to Hollywood actor Colin McFarlane for speaking out about his experiences (Image: Prostate Cancer UK)

Since its launch in 2017, March for Men has raised £2.7 million from Prostate Cancer UK’s 16,150 supporters.

Funds go towards disease research and support for men and their families currently living with prostate cancer.

The March for Men welcomes people of all ages and abilities, including families, friendship groups, work colleagues and dogs, all in a bid to raise awareness of the one in eight men who will be diagnosed with prostate cancer .

Among the 37,000 men living with prostate cancer in London, the event provides an opportunity to share stories and move towards a better future.

Laura Kerby, chief executive of Prostate Cancer UK, said: “The Men’s March is much more than a walk in the park.

“It’s the coming together of a community dedicated to saving men’s lives.

“And we’re delighted to be back in beautiful Battersea Park on June 2.”

She added: “This special event will once again allow our wonderful supporters to come together in their thousands to march towards a better future for men.”

Those interested can sign up to Prostate Cancer UK’s March for Men at prostatecanceruk.org/marchformen.

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