Cancer survivor backs campaign for early diagnosis

Albion ABC project co-ordinator Sue Brown and  volunteer Charles Cushing
Albion ABC project co-ordinator Sue Brown and volunteer Charles Cushing

A CANCER survivor has spoken of the importance of a health awareness campaign run by Brighton and Hove Albion.

Charles Cushing, volunteer with the Albion ABC project, visited Shoreham and Southwick Rotary Club on Friday to emphasise the importance of early diagnosis.

He joined project co-ordinator Sue Brown to explain more about the Be Cancer Aware Campaign, which is part of the football club’s work in the community.

Mrs Brown told the 21 Rotarians meeting at The Amsterdam, in Upper Shoreham Road, the health awareness campaign was high on their list of priorities, along with the club’s work with young people with learning difficulties.

Mr Cushing said the support given to ensure early diagnosis of all types of cancer was essential.

In his case, bowel cancer was diagnosed by early testing and successful treatment followed.

Rotarian Les Baker said: “They both said that the involvement with local business and clubs such as ours helped spread the word that early diagnosis saved lives.”

Mr Baker said it had been an interesting presentation and a good opportunity to meet the Rotary club’s new ‘neighbours’, before the Albion training ground in Lancing opened later this year.

“We welcome them and hope to work with them on community projects,” he added.

Dr David Gordon gave the vote of thanks on behalf of the club.

He said that it was so good to see a successful professional football club working in the community on such an important subject.