Lions Clubs around the U.K. have been providing PSA Tests for some time, and Cheddar Vale Lions Club, in partnership with the Somerset Prostate Support Association, took the initiative to hold their own event to make them available in their local community. The Club was amazed at the response to an extensive publicity campaign and were overwhelmed on the morning of Saturday 30 June, with the amount of local men turning out to support the event. Cheddar Vale Lions Club and the Somerset Prostate Support Association would like to thank them hugely for their support. Even the SPSA commented that it was the highest number they had ever encountered at other sessions. 

Yes, there were some problems on the day with the huge uptake and we do apologise to those who had to wait for their tests. The Lions endeavoured to make the wait easier, serving teas, coffees and biscuits. There was also a video running about Prostate Awareness which was viewed with interest. At the end of the session, the result was that 171 completed tests were sent off, on time, to the laboratory and they will all receive their personal results once they have been processed. Surely, this shows just how much this service is needed and that there should be a screening programme for men, as there is for women on breast screening. Until there is, Lions Clubs will continue their community service events to ensure that some men will, at least, get this opportunity. Cheddar Vale Lions Club may also consider repeating this event, once we have raised enough funds to cover it! 

Men waiting for Tests at the Session on 30 JuneMen waiting for TestsWelcoming at the door