This is a plea for volunteers for Oesophageal Cancer Awareness Month - February 2016.
It is one year on from the national Be Clear on Cancer campaign in 2015, and Action Against Heartburn are planning a campaign that aims to visit as many pharmacies as possible in, broadly, the Greater London area during the month of February to distribute leaflets explaining the risks of persistent heartburn, Barrett's Oesophagus, and oesophageal cancer. The reason for visiting pharmacies is that the target audience are those who are very regular purchasers of Gaviscon and other heartburn remedies, and it is likely to be those who are at most risk of having undiagnosed Barrett's Oesophagus.
So anybody can help with this. It does not matter when in February you do this. But we would like volunteers who could undertake visits to local pharmacies in their area. We would send a pack containing leaflets, pharmacy bag inserts, a leaflet dispenser, a briefing sheet for pharmacy staff, lapel badges, patient information sheets and posters. Plus a set of instructions.
Posters can be put up anywhere. Dental surgeries and GP surgeries are also good places, as are libraries and any other places where they will be noticed. It follows the lines of a campaign the OPA did in Norwich and Norfolk.
This is a very flexible thing that you can do at your own pace.
We are also planning radio adverts for the London area during February
If you would like to volunteer to help, please contact me with the location you would be interested in dealing with firstname.lastname@example.org
As a separate thing, we are also looking for people who would not mind telling their stories for newspapers or on the radio.
Thank you so much for your help!