WORCESTERSHIRE Prostate Awareness Trust is better off by £889 thanks to the efforts of Redditch Ladies Circle.

For the past year, the group had the trust as its dedicated charity, holding fundraising events including a car boot sale, family skittles night, and helping Alcester and District Round Table bring Santa to Studley.

A cheque for £889 was recently handed over to trust chairman David Baxter-Smith at Redditch Ladies Circle’s annual general meeting.

As many as one in eight men in the UK will develop prostate cancer.

The trust screens men over 45 and each blood test, while free to those being screened, costs the trust £15.

Mel Vaughan, the outgoing chairman of Redditch Ladies Circle, had chosen the trust as her charity for the year as her father passed away from prostate cancer in 2015.

She said: “Although we are an organisation of ladies, we all have husbands and fathers that could be a risk of this disease. The initial blood tests offered by the trust allow men to receive a potentially early diagnosis. If my dad had been offered this, he might have had a greater chance of fighting it and enjoying more years with us.”