On the back of raising £15,696 for Bliss – a charity for babies born premature or sick – GCS Recruitment Specialists has announced a new charity partner for its 2016/17 financial year.
GCS will be supporting The Loganberry Trust, a new charity created by GCS Quality, Risk & Compliance Manager, Kevin Logan, to spread awareness and screen for prostate cancer - a disease Kevin himself was diagnosed with in 2015.
“GCS have been amazing.” said Mr. Logan. “I explained my condition and they have been very supportive. I introduced the Loganberry Trust to the whole company at the recent May Ball. The outpouring of support from my colleagues has been touching. Within minutes of my announcement, GCS Sales Leader, Shaun Smith, donated a trip to New York that he had won earlier that evening to my partner and I. We are flying out on the one year anniversary of my diagnosis and are particularly looking forward to seeing a show at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater - my partner, Viv, is the Artistic Director for Swindon Dance and Alvin Ailey and his troupe are a huge inspiration to us both.”
Kevin himself has already become an inspiration to others. His battle with prostate cancer, with his prognosis of between two to five years survival, will see him campaigning to raise awareness of the disease and funds to allow for mass screenings to detect early signs before the cancer becomes incurable.
“If it’s caught early, prostate cancer is one of the most easily cured forms of the disease” said Kevin. “Devastating as it is that it wasn’t caught early enough in my case, it has helped massively to think that I can offer an opportunity to help others catch it early and get it treated. Places like France have national screening programmes but the UK doesn’t. That’s something that needs to change - and I hope the Loganberry Trust will be a step in that vital direction.”
The Loganberry Trust will be joined by CRY Ireland (Cardiac Risk in the Young) as a GCS charity partner. CRY, which has already been supported by GCS for the past 12 months, raises awareness of sudden cardiac death with screening and research and offers support to families affected by the condition, as well as supporting the centre for cardiovascular risk in younger persons.