Wednesday, 2 February 2022
Leading men’s health charity, Prostate Cancer UK, has brought its poignant and powerful touring remembrance structure, ‘The Prostate Cancer Memorial’, to Nottingham Railway station.
From 3rd February to 18th April the eye-catching installation dedicated to all those lost to prostate cancer will take pride of place in the Porte Cochere area within the station, thanks to the support of East Midlands Railway.
The striking ten-foot tall, mirrored steel pyramid is a dazzling display of touching celebration for the husbands, dads, uncles and grandads lost all too soon.
Already featuring around 450 name engravings, that number is added to as the memorial tours the UK and people purchase a permanent name engraving to celebrate a life lost to prostate cancer.
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men. In Nottinghamshire alone over 6,400 men are living with the disease, and according to Cancer Data*, right here, 802 men are diagnosed and 180 men die from the disease a year.
By taking the memorial across the UK, Prostate Cancer UK aim to raise much-needed awareness about prostate cancer, whilst providing an opportunity for people to see their loved one’s name in person.
Shirley Lock from Gedling, Nottingham, lost her husband David to prostate cancer in 2019, after 49 years of marriage. To celebrate his life, she had his name added to the memorial: “I cannot wait to see David’s name on the memorial when it arrives in Nottingham. It’s a really good way of remembering him.”
For his own personal reasons, East Midlands Railway employee and Derby man, Ross Heaton, is proud of his employer, for generously facilitating and hosting The Prostate Cancer Memorial at Nottingham Railway station.
Ross said: “My dad Adrian is now 66 and was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer when he was 62. He was devastated when diagnosed but remained positive and was convinced it wasn’t going to beat him. He is now in a good place with only annual check-ups, and doesn’t want to waste a moment of his life.”
“The Prostate Cancer Memorial means a lot to me. My dad is only one person out of thousands that get prostate cancer and I am proud that East Midlands Railway are supporting Prostate UK with their memorial at Nottingham station.”
The pyramid structure, which also has the charity’s iconic Man of Men logo adorning one of the sides, was launched in November 2021 and proudly featured in London Bridge Station for several months.
Nicola Tallett, Acting Chief Executive at Prostate Cancer UK, said: “Our beautiful memorial is a thoughtful place to display tributes to all those men lost to prostate cancer, and we see this as a fitting legacy to all our loved ones.”
“Prostate cancer is a heart-breaking and devastating disease that shatters lives, and we are absolutely determined to continue the fight against it. By taking the memorial across the UK, to places such as Nottingham, Prostate Cancer UK aim to raise awareness of prostate cancer, whilst providing an opportunity for people to see their loved one’s name engraving in person.
“We want to see a future where men’s lives are not limited by prostate cancer and we know men and their families feel the same. Together we can stop men dying, by funding lifesaving research to support our sons, husbands, dads, uncles and grandads.”
The memorial has already been visited and admired by wives, sons, daughters and loved ones, who have paid their own personal tributes, including the family of footballing great, former England, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Scunthorpe United goalkeeper Ray Clemence.
There are also tributes to father of comedian and former I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! Winner Joe Pasquale, and father of TV presenter Jenny Powell.
Martin Barraud, co-founder of ‘We Make. You Think.’ who designed the memorial, said: “The final form had to profoundly respect those whose names it is honoured to carry, it had to be tender enough for people to engage with it but equally bold enough to help raise awareness for those so far untouched by prostate cancer.”
To arrange an engraving on the statue with all proceeds helping fund life-saving research, visit prostatecanceruk/org.