A local photographer has raised money for a top male cancer charity in tribute to his late father-in-law, who sadly passed away from the disease.
Dan Baillie, who owns Baillie Photography in Kirkcowan, has raised over £300 for Prostate Cancer UK so far by undertaking a series of sponsored activities in memory of his father-in-law.
Dan – who normally sports a shaved head and goatee – was sponsored by his friends and family to refrain from shaving both his face and his head for almost two full months during November and December, up until Christmas Day, when he was sponsored once again to remove his new facial fuzz.
Dan’s fundraising activities have led him to join the ranks of Prostate Cancer UK’s Men United movement, their latest campaign for everyone who believes men are worth fighting for.
In addition to his fundraising efforts so far, Dan is now pledging a percentage of each of his photography business bookings over 2015 to Prostate Cancer UK, and is hoping to have raised over £1,000 by the end of the year.
Dan said: “My father-in-law suffered in silence for a long period of time, trying to shield his family from his illness. I wanted to do something a bit different to raise money and awareness for this serious disease, and am grateful to all who have supported me so far. My father-in-law was a very keen and talented photographer, so continuing to raise funds and awareness via my photography business seems a fitting tribute.”
Emma McGowan, Fundraising Executive for Scotland at Prostate Cancer UK, said: “We would like to offer our heartfelt thanks to Dan for raising money for Prostate Cancer UK. Prostate Cancer UK is determined to one day beat the disease completely, which is why we’re so grateful to Dan, and those like him, who go to such lengths to raise money and awareness to help us do just that.
“By doing this he is joining Men United and helping to make a real difference in furthering the fight against prostate cancer – and we urge others to do the same. Whatever you do together, big or small, by joining our movement for men you’ll be helping us push for real change, from more effective testing to better treatments.”
Search ‘Men United’ or visit prostatecanceruk.org/menunited to sign up to keep friendships alive.
Anyone with concerns about prostate cancer can contact Prostate Cancer UK’s Specialist Nurses in confidence on 0800 074 8383 or via the online live chat, instant messaging service: www.prostatecanceruk.org. The Specialist Nurse phone service is free to landlines and open from 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday with late opening until 8pm on Wednesdays.
You can still donate to Dan via his https://www.justgiving.com/Dan-Baillie1/ or through Baillie Photography at www.bailliephoto.co.uk