Hundreds of Liverpool cabbies have been informed about how to spot the signs of bowel cancer.
A team from Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust has visited taxi ranks across the city, talking to drivers about the symptoms of bowel cancer and giving them stickers and air fresheners to put in their cabs.
The shirt-shaped air fresheners are available in both red and blue so they suit drivers of both footballing persuasions!
At Liverpool Lime Street Station taxi rank, driver Terence Gill, from Aigburth, was given a sticker and air freshener.
He said: “I have been a taxi driver for 36 years and I have got prostate cancer but am in remission.
“It is hard for a taxi driver to be healthy. You sit down for long stretches of time but the work is tiring so you are not in the mood for exercising when you finish.
“Also, you are not in an office that has a loo, so you may find yourself holding on for longer than you should or taking one more fare before stopping to find a toilet.
“I would advise taxi drivers to make sure they get exercise and live as healthily as possible. Also, they should go to the doctor if they think they have health problems.”
Taxi driver Arthur Morgan said: “I walk home now when I drop the taxi off with the night man. I used to get dropped off but now I take the two-mile walk – so that’s one way of improving my fitness.
“It is good to see Liverpool Community Health out and about raising awareness as we need to be reminded about this from time to time.”
Project support manager for LCH, Olufemi Olajide, who was giving out the information to drivers, said: “We have visited five different taxi ranks and we have spoken to around 550 taxi drivers.
“The taxi drivers have all been great, really interested. We’ve given out hundreds of stickers and leaflets and some taxi drivers have been stopping to discuss health issues with us or even telling us about colleagues being diagnosed.”
Tina Davies-Taylor, Senior Project Manager at LCH, said: “We could not raise awareness without the help of our community volunteers who are pivotal to this work. We are using local people to speak to local people about local issues and it really makes a difference.”
LCH Chief Executive Bernie Cuthel said: “This is a really effective way of getting the message about cancer out in the community. This will raise awareness amongst our taxi drivers of the signs to look out for and will possibly prevent serious illnesses developing.”