John Jermine (L front), Chairman of Ryder Cup Wales; George O'Grady (R front), Chief Executive of The European Tour; Sir Adrian Webb (Back L) Chairman of Tenovus; and Richard Hills (Back R), Ryder Cup Director visit the Tenovus Unit.
Cancer charity thanks The European Tour
Wales' leading cancer charity Tenovus has shown its appreciation to The European Tour for its support in enabling the launch of the charity's mobile cancer support unit.
The Welsh charity - which is the official charity partner of Ryder Cup Wales 2010 Ltd – hopes to raise funds to cover the cost of two
mobile support units through the partnership, which will enable the charity to continue to support cancer patients in the heart of their communities.
Tenovus' new mobile cancer support unit visited The Celtic Manor Wales Open last week offering free health checks on board as part of Male Cancer Awareness Month – the annual campaign to help raise awareness of prostate and testicular cancer, which affect around over 2,000 men a year in Wales alone.
John Jermine, Chairman of Ryder Cup Wales, and George O’Grady, Chief Executive of The European Tour, visited the unit at The Celtic Manor Wales Open in support of the strong partnership that will help change the future of cancer support throughout Wales.
The mobile unit delivers chemotherapy to cancer patients directly into their communities, which makes a significant difference to the lives of such patients. With the introduction of the specially-adapted mobile unit, the physical, emotional and financial burden has been removed for many patients.
The unit will also focus on the prevention and early detection of cancer through the engagement of communities in health promotion initiatives and providing access to cancer screening programmes such as genetic testing.
Since its launch in February the unit has already provided support and had over a thousand visitors across Wales, delivering a range of services including chemotherapy, practical advice and counselling.
Commenting on the future of cancer support in Wales, The First Minister Rhodri Morgan said: "This mobile unit makes a real difference for patients; making it easier for them to carry on with as normal a life as possible whilst receiving chemotherapy treatment. Its work in prevention and early detection is also very important. Support for the Tenovus charity is one of the ways in which The Ryder Cup is delivering long-term benefits to Wales."
George O’Grady, Chief Executive of The European Tour commented: "The Tenovus Unit is truly groundbreaking. This exciting project will make a real difference in terms of cancer treatment and survival rate providing a life enhancing legacy for generations to come. The European Tour is delighted to be partnering Tenovus and providing support to everyone involved."
Commenting on the partnership Sir Adrian Webb, chairman of Tenovus, said: "The 2010 Ryder Cup in Wales is not just about the golf, it will also leave a legacy of good quality cancer support throughout the whole of Wales. As Wales' leading cancer charity, we are extremely privileged to be part of this venture."