Check Your Plums For Stones Lads? The Pershore Plum Festival Raises Awareness For Testicular Cancer
This year’s Pershore Plum Festival has joined forces with testicular cancer charity Orchid with help from cancer survivor Matt ‘Onenut’ Wakefield, to raise awareness of the disease and how to detect it.
An average of 2000 men are diagnosed every year but numbers are on the increase. All that’s needed is a simple check to catch the disease early but many men don’t know what to look for.
Pershore Plum Festival will be working with the charity throughout August and people will be encouraged to sponsor a plum tree for loved ones who have either survived or sadly died from testicular and other cancers. These trees will then be planted in a special living memory orchard later in the year by the Vale Heritage Landscape Trust.
Commenting on the decision to join forces with the charity, Pershore Plum Festival organiser, Angela Tidmarsh, said:
“Having recently won an award as the top Festival in the region attracting thousands of visitors each year, we wanted to use the event to do something really worthwhile.
Somehow the link with plums and testicular cancer seemed a good one. Using humour to get a message across is one of the best ways to ensure people remember it and I know that having Matt working with us – especially with him sitting in a bath of purple balls will really stay in peoples’ memories”.
Pershore Plum Festival Highlights
29th July – Official launch & Gala Dinner including crowning of the Plum Princess.
30th July – Grand Festival Opening in Pershore’s Plum Alley to be filmed by the BBC for Songs Of Praise (we’ll be there… lathering the vicar up!!!)
5th August – Pershore Plum Festival Race Day at Worcester Racecourse. Go along in purple for a family day of racing and join Prunella Plum, the Plum Princess and Queen Victoria.
27th – 29th August – Pershore Plum Fayre Day and Farmer’s Market Pershore goes plum crazy with a host of events and entertainment including every shop turning their windows purple. Also the largest display of classic and vintage cars in the West Midlands
Plum Alley will be open every Saturday throughout August selling everything plummy (soaps soaps soaps) – from the fruit in its original state through to sausages and soap. The bells of Pershore Abbey will also ring out a peal to welcome visitors to the town every weekend in August.