Choppers to the rescue in cancer fund-raiser

Washington Aircraft Museum staff Alex Woodcock and Julie Gilbert with a Westland Whirlwind, one of the helicopters  which will be on display to raise funds and awareness for male cancer problems

Washington Aircraft Museum staff Alex Woodcock and Julie Gilbert with a Westland Whirlwind, one of the helicopters which will be on display to raise funds and awareness for male cancer problems

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GET your choppers out – that’s the message to men at a special cancer charity display day this weekend.

Visitors to the North East Aircraft Museum will be able to clamber in the cockpit and take a close-up look at the centre’s collection of helicopters.

The museum, at Usworth, Washington, is holding the helicopter-themed display day, entitled “Get your Choppers Out”, in aid of cancer charity Everyman.

The event takes place on Sunday top raise funds to fight prostrate and testicular cancer.

Paul Hughes from the aircraft museum said: “We’re getting all the helicopters out of the hangars, and all the money we raise on Sunday will be going to the charity.

“Every year we try to do something for charity. Although we’re a charity ourselves, we think we should do something for the wider community.

“We pick something different each time and this time it’s for cancer.”

Prostate and testicular cancer affect almost 39,000 men each year in the UK and Everyman aims to save men’s lives.

The charity raises funds to support research into prostate and testicular cancer and promote greater awareness of the diseases.

The museum’s chopper day will also include military displays and special guests.

Paul said: “Often described as a forgotten cancer, testicular and prostrate cancer is very treatable provided it’s discovered early.

“Our event hopes to raise the profile of this cancer and go some way to ending the reluctance of men to seek medical advice when the symptoms first appear.”

The event runs from 10am to 5pm on Sunday. Admission is £5 for adults and £3 for children and seniors.

Visit www.everyman-campaign.org for more information about the charity.