NORMAN OWENS: A BOWLER’S DRIVE TO DEFEAT PROSTATE CANCER
Prostate cancer is a disease that affects countless men and their families around the world, leading to a growing need for funding to support life-saving research and raise awareness. One individual who has taken it upon himself to make a difference in the fight against the disease is Norman Owens. Since 2018, Norman has been a dedicated supporter of Prostate Cancer UK, and his recent event at Houghton Regis Bowls Club, Bedfordshire, in September 2023 exemplified his unwavering commitment to the cause.
Norman’s journey with Prostate Cancer UK began in 2018 after his son was diagnosed with an advanced form of prostate cancer which was successfully removed.
Ever since he has been on a mission to help fund critical research and raise awareness about prostate cancer through events at his club. His efforts have inspired others to join the cause.
Norman’s most recent event at Houghton Regis was a resounding success. The event was well-organized and highly entertaining. More importantly, it served as a powerful reminder of why they had all come together – to help raise awareness and money for Prostate Cancer UK.
Bowlers from many clubs in Bedfordshire participated and special guests were also in attendance. Guests joining Norman on the day included Bowls England President Deepak Tanna, The Mayor of Houghton Regis, and former Luton Town FC and England footballer Mick Harford.
The incredible figure of £2,502 was donated to Prostate Cancer UK from Norman’s September event, bringing the overall total raised from his events to £15,473.27.
Bowls England President Deepak Tanna said, “It was an honour to bowl the first bowl and represent Bowls England at the recent Prostate Cancer UK charity awareness event and meet Luton Town Football Club legend Mick Harford to help raise £2500 on the day.”
Not content with local initiatives alone, Norman Owens has reached out to Bowls England, advocating for clubs and counties nationwide to consider giving their support, through events like his, to Prostate Cancer UK.
Norman is a testament to the fact that one person can indeed make a difference. His unwavering dedication to Prostate Cancer UK and his ability to unite people for a common cause stand as an example for the charity, which was represented at the most recent event.
Norman was joined by Jade Dyer of Prostate Cancer UK who stated, “We are so grateful for the dedication of Norman Owens, who since 2018 has been helping Prostate Cancer UK fund lifesaving research to stop this disease from damaging the lives of men and their loved ones. We attended Norman’s most recent event, and it was brilliant to see him in action on the green, putting on a well-organised and entertaining event while reminding everybody about why they were all there – to help create a world where men’s lives are not limited by prostate cancer.”
The success of Norman’s events has already inspired others to host their own charity days. Thank you to Norman for going that extra mile within the bowling community and helping save men’s lives.”
We thank Norman for going the extra mile within the bowling community and helping make a significant impact through charitable work.
Prostate Cancer is the most common cancer in men, but most men with early prostate cancer don’t have symptoms. Prostate cancer is not always life-threatening. But when it is, the earlier you catch it the more likely it is to be cured. Check your risk in 30 seconds with Prostate Cancer UK’s online checker here.
Caption: Norman with Jade Dyer, Community Fundraising Executive at Prostate Cancer UK, and Deepak Tanna, Bowls England President
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