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Award for Men's Health Forum

28th April 2006

01052006_menshealth1.jpgThe Men's Health Forum has been awarded a £20,000 GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Impact Award, an award judged jointly by GSK and The King’s Fund health charity. The award was made in recognition of the organisation’s work to give all men and boys an equal opportunity to attain the highest possible level of health and well-being.

The annual GlaxoSmithKline IMPACT Awards were created to reward small to medium sized charities that were doing excellent work to improve the health of their communities. Now in its ninth year, the scheme has given awards to 90 community healthcare charities in the UK with funding of over £1.65 million. 

Katie Pinnock, Director, UK Corporate Contributions, GlaxoSmithKline said that the judges were extremely impressed by the work that the Men’s Health Forum is doing.  She added that 'it’s well known that men in general do not like going to see their doctor, and the MHF is doing a fantastic job of reaching these men to provide them with essential health information in a different way.’

Chief Executive of Men's Health Forum Peter Baker said that 'this award recognises the valuable work done by our very dedicated team.' He added that the funding that this award brings will make an enormous difference; 'We could employ another member of staff for a year. There is a lot more research that we’d like to do and this could enable us to do it.’

Chief Executive of the Kings Fund, Niall Dickson, commented that the MHF is working very hard to encourage more men to think about their health problems, and to actively do something about it.  'We need to maintain this element of ‘openness’, which the MHF is striving for, for the sake of the next generation’ he said.

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