This October, F. Hinds in Stroud joins the fight against Prostate Cancer by partnering exclusively with Rotary Watches, an avid supporter of the national charity, Prostate Cancer UK.
Stroud’s F. Hinds branch at Five Valleys Shopping Centre has one of the limited-edition watches, number 126 of 1,000, which is on sale for £199.
The 1IN4 watch was designed by TV presenter Kunle Barker whose father, Pedro is currently undergoing treatment for prostate cancer and although the cancer was thankfully caught early, Kunle was shaken by the news. One in eight men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime, with the figure rising to one in four for black men.
Kunle said: “Since my dad’s diagnosis, I no longer take my health for granted. I also now want to make more men aware of their health and risks of prostate cancer and encourage them to see their GP if they have any worries or concerns about the disease. Don’t be shy or embarrassed – think of the bigger picture. Catching prostate cancer early will only benefit you in the long run.”
With only 1,000 pieces made, Rotary and F. Hinds will donate 10 per cent + VAT from the sale of every 1IN4 watch to Prostate Cancer UK, which will go towards helping more black men understand their prostate cancer risk and what they can do about it.
Nicola Tallett, Director of Fundraising and Supporter Engagement, at Prostate Cancer UK, said: “As part of our continuing partnership with Rotary Watches, we’re delighted at the launch of the striking Limited Edition 1IN4 watch and very grateful to Rotary and to Kunle for sharing his family’s story through this timepiece.
“Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, and we want a future where lives aren’t limited by it. That’s why this collaboration is important in raising awareness of prostate cancer and supporting our mission to help more people understand the increased one in four risk of the disease in the black community.”
The Stroud branch of F. Hinds opened in 1972 when the Merrywalks Shopping Centre was constructed and is the only original business to remain in the shopping centre off King Street. Manager Belinda McCarthy has worked for the company for 42 years after starting her career at the Gloucester branch.