SURVIVOR TOOLKIT AFTERNOON
SURVIVOR TOOLKIT AFTERNOON

We are excited to launch that we have organised our first Survivor Toolkit afternoon on Sunday 12th May 2024 at Ashton Gate Stadium Bristol.

The afternoon will include:

  • Introduction to the team
  • Life-lining exercise
  • Information regarding exercise and diet
  • A session on emotional health and relieving stress
  • A plan to take away to achieve your goals
  • Meet others who have been through treatment
  • Refreshments

Partners will be treated to afternoon tea and a chat with our It’s in the Bag representatives.

SUNDAY 12TH MAY 2024 AT ASHTON GATE STADIUM

RING 0117 325 9686 (PRESS OPTION 1) to book your place OR EMAIL support@itsinthebag.org.uk 

 

 

WE ARE FINALISTS!
WE ARE FINALISTS!

It’s in the Bag Cancer Support are elated to become finalist in the Somerset Business Awards for their work and Testicular Cancer awareness music festival Test Fest.

Why do we deserve to win? We are the only Testicular Cancer Charity in the South West of England and strive to provide the support that men and their families need, while raising awareness to save lives. All our aims are based on what men have told us they need, like travel grants, chemotherapy support packs, new diagnosis information, help to recover and for those who struggle complex grants and funeral grants. We know that our Taunton based festival has saved at least two lives and could be more.

The team are passionate and hardworking volunteers, who meet every task, challenge and opportunity with a smile. Why not take a look at Test Fest and see what all the fuss is about!

The Team will find out if they are winners on Friday 22nd March at the SBA Dinner

SPRING NEWS!
SPRING NEWS!

 NEW WEBSITE

In the next couple of weeks we will have a brand new shiny website! This will be our first new build since 2016 and we are so excited. Thank you to Ad Styles for all his work with us since 2010. Look out and let us know what you think.

It will also include a Test Fest Micro site to make it easier to access the music festival and tickets.

We would love for you to sign up for news letters too!

THE TESTICULAR BALL EXTRAORDINAIRE

 

Not many tickets left for this brilliant event. Guests include Nutty Noah; Ali Vowles; Jon Dixon and Filta.

Come along and join in the fun and also catch up with our team about what is happening next!

TICKETS

APRIL IS TESTICULAR CANCER AWARENESS MONTH AND ARE YOUR BALLS MATCH FIT?

During the month of April we will celebrating our 7 ball sport campaigns to encourage regular checking. Together with a auction of sport memorabilia and videos by famous sporting stars this would be the best month to Pledge To Check!

Keep an eye on our social media channels for updates.

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR
HAPPY NEW YEAR

Festive Fiddling is not enough and we hope that you all saw our reminders over Christmas.

Happy New Year to you all and boy do we have a 2024 for you!

 

 

But the first thing to mention is that we will be launching our BRAND NEW WEBSITE in February, so watch this space for more news. It might seem like we are a bit quiet but so much happening behind the scenes.

We will be announcing a competition in January about our 12 days of Christmas and early February our news about Testicular Cancer Awareness Month and how you can help us with our BIG AUCTION!

To help continue our work, please donate if you can:

Exciting times ahead.

BREAKING NEWS!
BREAKING NEWS!

UK Festival Awards

Well, Test Fest was shortlisted for Brand Activation, but overtaken at the last hurdle! However, the team are impressed that we were there. Sue & Bill networked with some brilliant people and got lots of advice. Maybe next time!

Are your going to Test Fest?

E-Cards for sale

We have signed up with Don’t Send Me A Card to send E-Cards to friends and family. All you need to do is make a donation to It’s in the Bag and send your Christmas Cards via email. Here is the link

https://www.dontsendmeacard.com/ecards/charities/its-in-the-bag-cancer-support

Last meeting of 2023

In Bristol last week our board of Trustees had their final meeting of 2023. Most of the meeting was looking at the strategy of the charity going forwards and plans for the next 1-3 years. Exciting times ahead

 

Shortlisted for Charity of the Year

We have been shortlisted in the Somerset Business Awards for Charity of the Year! This is due to our brilliant team of volunteers. Watch this space for more news in the New Year.

 

Voting is now open!
Voting is now open!

Please Vote for It’s in the Bag!

The time has come to vote for us in the Charity Film Awards! Please vote for our wonderful talking pants, letting the public know what It’s in the Bag Cancer Support does.

TIME TO VOTE FOR It’s in the Bag Testicular Cancer Support
Voting has officially opened for the 2024 Charity Film Awards
Vote now for your favourite Charity Films, and give them the chance to hit the stage at the 2024 ceremony.
Use this link to submit your vote

VOTE HERE

 

SUPPORT LINE IS NOW OPEN
SUPPORT LINE IS NOW OPEN

OUR SUPPORT LINE IS NOW OPEN

Have you been diagnosed with Testicular Cancer (Germ Cell) and fancy a chat. Our Support Facilitators are here to help.

Give us a call on 0117 325 96 86 and press option one.

One of our team will call you back.

Alternatively, email

support@itsinthebag.org.uk if you prefer to email.

All our trained team have had a diagnosis of Testicular Cancer and can offer you some support. Sometimes it helps to speak to someone who has had the same and understands the issues you have.

WE HAVE BEEN SHORTLISTED!
WE HAVE BEEN SHORTLISTED!

Our small but perfectly formed music festival Test Fest has been shortlisted for the UK Festival Awards for Brand Activation.

Some of you might have noticed a few changes with how the festival looked and also our images and we think others noticed too.

 

 

Sue & Bill will be attending the grand final on 5th December in Manchester.

Thank you to Jon Dixon, Dan Spiech and many more for bringing this to life!

WE ARE IT’S IN THE BAG – FILM PREMIERE
WE ARE IT’S IN THE BAG – FILM PREMIERE

Today we launch our new film WE ARE IT’S IN THE BAG

With the help of Jon Dixon, Clear As Day Productions, Ali Vowles, Joe Sims, Sue Brand and funding from The National Lottery Community Fund it has come to fruition.

Hope you like it.

Go to our YouTube Channel to see it

https://www.youtube.com/@itsinthebagtesticularcancer

The Testicular Ball Extraordinaire – Postponed
The Testicular Ball Extraordinaire – Postponed

It is with great sadness that we have had to postpone The Testicular Ball Extraordinaire until the New Year.

Due to circumstances beyond our control, we have had to cancel the ball. This is the first time in its 13 year history we have had to do this, but we are much happier that it is delayed rather than not happening at all.

Get your tickets today!

RUGBY UPDATE AND THE TESTICULAR BALL EXTRAORDINAIRE
RUGBY UPDATE AND THE TESTICULAR BALL EXTRAORDINAIRE

EXETER CHIEFS DONATION

On Saturday volunteers Andy & Sarah will be at Sandy Park to celebrate the donations to the designated charities from the Exeter Chiefs Foundation. We have received £1960 from them and been invited to the match Saturday with the other charities.  We are lucky to have been chosen again for the current season. Our allocated game is a big one versus Bristol Bears on Sunday 5th November. If you would like to help please contact us. andy.whitehead@itsinthebag.org.uk

THE TESTICULAR BALL EXTRAORDINAIRE

Don’t forget to get your tickets for the ball. It is always a great night of entertainment and celebration. There will be food, drinks, live music, Golden Pants Awards and much more.

Saturday 28th October

The Elmgrove Centre Bristol

6.30pm for 7pm start

DRESS: Steampunk/Victorian

Tickets still available:

TICKET – THE TESTICULAR BALL EXTRAORDINAIRE

WELCOME TO THE TEAM
WELCOME TO THE TEAM

Today we welcome John Saunders to the board of trustees.

John  is senior generalist marketing manager (MIDM) with over 15 years’ experience in marketing, digital, events and customer engagement in the Investments, Financial Services and Professional Services. We welcome him to our board of trustees.

 

 

John says:

I admire the work that It’s in the Bag charity does, and it is one of the reasons I wanted to be involved. I am passionate about using my expertise in giving back and helping others.  I am looking forward to being part of a great team of volunteers, helping the charity achieve its objectives and raise awareness about Testicular Cancer.

Welcome John

TICKETS ON SALE NOW! THE TESTICULAR BALL EXTRAORDINAIRE
TICKETS ON SALE NOW! THE TESTICULAR BALL EXTRAORDINAIRE

The Testicular Ball is back!

Saturday 28th October 2023 at The Elmgrove Centre, Elmgrove Rd, Redland, Bristol BS6 6AH

A night of celebration of everything that is It’s in the Bag.

Including Welcome Drinks; BBQ Dinner; Live Band and The Golden Pants Awards.

DRESS CODE: Steampunk/Victorian

TICKETS: £35 each or Table of 8 £240

THE TESTICULAR BALL EXTRAORDINAIRE – TICKET

THE TESTICULAR BALL EXTRAORDINAIRE TABLE OF 8 TICKET

IT’S A WRAP! – MONSTER SUCCESS TEST FEST
IT’S A WRAP! – MONSTER SUCCESS TEST FEST

TEST FEST MUSIC FESTIVAL – MONSTER SUCCESS!

The sun was shining, the bands were playing and the people just loved the 5th Test Fest. This much loved music festival in Taunton truly had the support of local businesses, performers and families.

With its quirky monster designs, new branding and lots of local talent the crowds flocked in and had a really fun day. Children were treated to a free ticket and a tent all of their own to make sock monsters, Pants Bunting and decorated bright orange pants. Close by was The Drumbus which had many drumming workshops all day, this culminated in a fantastic show by our patron, local entertainer Nutty Noah.

 

For those there for the music they were not disappointed, so much talent all in one day. Richard Huish College Band, Placeholder kicked off the festival with style, before sailing to perform at The Isle of Wight festival on the Sunday. They were joined by many south west bands including: Bliss, The Mayhaps, The Idle Silence and Thomas Kavanagh. The Jamestown Brothers and Filta really got the party started and the festival was concluded with headliners Stereosonics. In between bands, there was an exceptional duo Peck and Peck who really kept the musical momentum going. Artist Dixon Does Doodles provide a signed image of the stage including monster for the raffle!

TEST FEST NEARLY HERE!
TEST FEST NEARLY HERE!

TEST FEST 2023 is nearly here and it is going to be the best one yet, will you be there?

Not long now for the only festival of its kind in the UK

It will be bigger and better than before and the support we have from local families and businesses has been superb. Come and meet the team and see what we do, how we make a difference and help those affected by the disease. If we just save one life we have done our job.

Still time for tickets but big increase after midnight Friday 16th June,

TICKETS

TEST FEST UPDATE AND NEWS
TEST FEST UPDATE AND NEWS

After a busy TCAM we are now full on for the Festival. Over the coming weeks we also have some news on new trustee and new company secretary, so watch this space!

We have been working with the college to design some BIG letters for Test Fest and now chosen the winners. Our great panel of judges did really well choosing from 59 entries! Our patron Jon Dixon helped too and has been integral to our artwork lately. Here is a photo of the winners.

Richard Bullard has been busy with his stands and talks we are so very lucky to have him on the team. TCAM could not have been such the success it was without him.

 

Following our motorway services campaign we were not entirely satisfied with the results so iMedia offered an extra campaign for FREE. Have you spotted them?

Don’t forget to get your tickets!

TEST FEST 2023

WE DID IT! APRIL IS TCAM
WE DID IT! APRIL IS TCAM

So much going on in April, did you see it all?

From Toilets, to football, from rugby to festivals, from Easter to radio shows, from schools to workplaces, from conferences to testicle twins, from new videos to meeting John Hartson!

Yep, we did it all. Thank you to all the team for supporting us and going far and wide to spread the important message – Check Your Balls!

APRIL IS TCAM AND NOW TYACAM
APRIL IS TCAM AND NOW TYACAM

April is Testicular Cancer Awareness Month #TCAM however, now we’re proud to work together with our partner charities to launch the first ever Teenage and Young Adult Cancer Awareness Month #TYACAM 

Each year in the UK, 2374 young people aged 16-24 are diagnosed with cancer and must deal with the impact of treatment on top of the difficult challenges that teens and young adults already face. Germ Cell Cancer (Testicular Cancer) is one of the five most commonly diagnosed cancers in males aged 15-25 years.

It’s time to make a change! Together we can break down the barriers and make a for change for all teenagers and young adults with cancer.

Show your support by learning more about Teenage and Young Adult Cancer Awareness Month  https://lnkd.in/egfPXdVT

#TYACAM #TCAM #TYACancer #MensHealth #TesticularCancer #AwarenessIsKey

Goodbye Sophie on International Women’s Day
Goodbye Sophie on International Women’s Day

Today we say thank you.
It is the right day to say thank you to Sophie Mason for her hard work and commitment to It’s in the Bag Cancer Support Sophie has decided to step down from our board of trustees after two brilliant years with the charity. We are so lucky as a male based charity to have so many great women as part of the team. We celebrate them all.

CHARITY FILM OF THE YEAR FINALISTS
CHARITY FILM OF THE YEAR FINALISTS

We are excited to announce that we are finalists for the Charity Film Awards 2023 for the category Under £100k. Our fantastic film SAS Who Checks Wins has a great following and we think a good chance of success. We are in the hands of the judges now!

However, there is a PEOPLES CHOICE AWARD and voting starts Monday 13th February for 4 weeks. We have the support of Mark Billy Billingham MBE and many of the SAS Who Dares Wins Fan Club.

HAPPY NEW YEAR
HAPPY NEW YEAR

There are exciting things happening in 2023 which we will be letting you know in due course. However, why not keep updated by following our social media, sign up on here for newsletters or you could even join the team!

We are currently working with Clear As Day Productions to re-vamp our checking videos and also making a brand new one telling you all what It’s in the Bag does.

Later this month we will do a SAVE THE DATE message for an exciting event later this year. Looks quite ghoulish and scary!

We still need your votes for our WHO CHECKS WINS video as voting closes 10th January 2023!

Happy New Year to you all and hope to catch up at one of our events.

FESTIVE FIDDLING IS NOT ENOUGH!
FESTIVE FIDDLING IS NOT ENOUGH!

HAPPY CHRISTMAS FROM #TEAMIITB

Here is some news from team It’s in the Bag. Christmas always brings our awareness campaigns alive and ‘Festive Fiddling is not Enough‘ is no different!

However, we launched our SAS Who Checks Wins campaign which has been very successful. Voting in the Charity Film Awards ends 10th January 2023 for this brilliant video, so please VOTE NOW! 

We are still looking for volunteers to help us with our bucket collection with Exeter Chiefs Saturday 7th January, are you interested in coming to the match and making a difference? Contact Sue or Daniel hello@itsinthebag.org.uk

Lastly, if you have no idea what to buy the man in your life why not take a look in our shop and get him something that has a handy health message too! SHOP

WHO CHECKS WINS!
WHO CHECKS WINS!

NEW CAMPAIGN FOR 2022 – WHO CHECKS WINS

It is #InternationalMensDay and we are launching our first new campaign for 7 years! Our last campaign was our award winning Match Fit Campaign, we hope to top that with our SAS focused Who Checks Wins. Thank you to Jon Dixon who has drawn all the illustrations, Clear As Day who have made the video, Sue Brand for writing the script and of course The National Lottery for funding the project.

We are so lucky to have so many wonderful supporters.

Enough said are you up to the challenge?

Men’s Health Awareness Month
Men’s Health Awareness Month

It is nearly November and that means Men’s Health Awareness Month! So what can you do to help?

Well you could grow a hairy top lip for It’s in the Tash. You could help with some awareness and like, comment and share our posts or you could support International Men’s Health Day 19th November when we launch our NEW Campaign!

We are lucky to have University of Edinburgh Men’s Hockey Teams supporting us again with their Mass Tash.

Thank you to you all!

TEST FEST TICKETS £5 OFF!!!!!

Use the CODE: MHAM22

 

RIP Your Majesty
RIP Your Majesty

We are all saddened to hear about the death of Her Majesty the Queen. The Queen devoted her life to her people and was a true advocate of charity and the work they undertake.

RIP Your Majesty your good work will not be forgotten

Long live the King

During this time of mourning the IITB team will be limiting posts going out on our social media channels and will only share urgent and required updates.

Test Fest – Bristol Pride – Exeter Chiefs
Test Fest – Bristol Pride – Exeter Chiefs

TEST FEST 2022 WAS A BIT OF A DAMP SQUIB – BUT THE SHOW MUST GO ON!

Thank you to all our volunteers, supporters, services, vendors and bands/artists for a great festival. Yes, the weather did play a part but everyone really enjoyed the it regardless. It has been a bit touch and go to find out if the Test Fest will happen again and the trustees have decided to give it one more go.

Test Fest 2023 – Saturday 17th June at @Taunton RFC

SUPER EARLY BIRD TICKETS ON SALE –  Saturday 23rd July 2022

BRISTOL PRIDE

On Saturday 9th July #TEAMIITB led by Tom and Rob attended Bristol Pride. With our new Gender Neutral checking cards and lots of sun it was brilliant. Thank you to all who attended

EXETER CHIEFS – DESIGNATED CHARITY!

It’s in the bag has been chosen again to be one of the 30 designated charities supported by the foundation. Look out for information regarding the match we will be allocated to collect at.

 

 

 

TEST FEST – NEARLY THERE!
TEST FEST – NEARLY THERE!

The Test Fest is nearly here and our team are getting ready for the first big event since 2019! With a great line-up and a new venue what more could we ask for.

We have had the fortune of Jon Dixon of Dixon Does Doodles re vamping our Test Fest Logo and he will be designing our new campaign in November. Take a look at his great work. DOODLES

Tickets are still available for the Festival so get them here.

TICKETS

Here is the line-up and times too

The Test Fest
The Test Fest

After two long years The Test Fest is going ahead!

We are delighted and excited too, but also a little pensive about holding our second big event of the year. Please share the event with all your friends and family, so we get lots of people there.

Our great friend and supporter Dixon Does Doodles has designed this brilliant image of our logo and we have had many of the bands sending us wonderful messages.

 TICKETS

Le Tour de Balls Success & Test Fest 2022
Le Tour de Balls Success & Test Fest 2022

Le Tour de Balls Trois was a huge success and the team have raised in excess of £17,000!

We had some brilliant support along the way from our volunteers, supporters and venues. The team felt really special when riding in to towns and villages. The scenery was stunning too and take a look at some of the photographs courtesy of Jame Lock on our Facebook Page. YOU did #ChaseThePants!

Test Fest 2022

Last few weeks of preparation and publicising this grand event. This year is so important as we go to our new venue and also to put on an event after 2 years of Covid. We are so glad to get the continued support of our volunteers and Taunton RFC. The bands a ready to rock, the food stands are ready to feed you and of course Lloyd is ready to sell you a drink. Tickets here or use the QR code.

April is Testicular Cancer Awareness Month
April is Testicular Cancer Awareness Month

A big month for It’s in the Bag is April and like so many other charities we are busy spreading the word.

We are focusing on three things:

  • Our Match Fit Campaign – where Awareness Lead Richard Bullard has managed to get invited to Bristol & District Cricket leagues’ spring meeting on 20th April. He will have an opportunity to give out 85, yes 85 packs to all the clubs. This is a great opportunity to hand out our new surprise item to the kit.
  • Le Tour de Balls Trois – whilst it is a fundraiser the 16 riders are certainly doing their stuff for awareness too. 300 miles in 3 days Cerne Abbass to Bristol. April 30th – May 2nd and a party at The Globe Frampton Cotterell.
  • The Test Fest – our biggest awareness event of the year! Great to be back and wonderful new venue. After a two-year gap due to the pandemic, the popular Test Fest is back. Event organisers It’s in the Bag have moved to a new venue at Taunton Rugby Club and welcome Cornish headliners Wille and The Bandits and support from Danny McMahon.  Taking place on Saturday 18th June 2022 at 12 noon to midnight this is a unique music festival to the UK.

If you don’t know how to check your balls here’s how! Just scan here.

Le Tour de Balls Team Update
Le Tour de Balls Team Update

We have our final team for Le Tour de Balls Trois!

16 riders who will cycle 300 miles in 3 days in aid of It’s in the Bag and here they are:

Thank you to:

Repeat riders; Martin, Adam, Justin, Sharon, Rob K, Rob B, Wyndham, Brian, Dan and Rachel.

Newcomers; Richard, Nathan, Matt, Lee, Rachel, Jacqui. Also thanks to Support Team, Sue & Bill Brand and Will King. Photographer this year Jame Lock.

If you would like to support the team, look out for information on our social media to how you can #ChaseThePants or donate: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/LeTourdeBallsTrois

or to donate £3 (a penny for every mile) TEXT BALLS to 70450 (or to opt out BALLSNOINFO)

 

 

 

Exeter Chiefs Foundation – Designated Charity
Exeter Chiefs Foundation – Designated Charity

It’s in the Bag are happy to be one of the designated charities for the Exeter Chiefs Foundation. Our match is on Sunday 6th March against Sale Sharks and we are looking for 30 Volunteers to come and join in.

In 2019, our very first collection day, was a brilliant day with all the volunteers wearing our fantastic bobble hats. It might be a bit warmer by then, but they still look good.

Happy New Year 2022
Happy New Year 2022

It’s in the Bag would like to wish all our volunteers, supporters and followers a Happy New Year.

There have been so many challenges and we are tentatively aiming to have some events in 2022. Le Tour de Balls Trois is due to take place April/May 2022 where a team of cyclists will ride 300 miles in 3 days from Cerne Abbas to Bristol hoping to raise a massive amount of money and awareness. Why not take a look and #ChaseThePants

Taunton Rugby Club is the new venue for The Test Fest 2022 on Saturday 18th June. Get ready for Wille and the Bandits and Danny Macmahon and much much more. Tickets available now

Camping available, family friendly and brilliant food too! #TestFest2022

Great Night and Testicle Twinning
Great Night and Testicle Twinning

What a night!

The Winter Testicular Ball was a fantastic celebration of everything that It’s in the Bag does. We started with a video of how we coped during the pandemic, gave out some Golden Pants Awards, here with the Support Award The Bristol Testicular Cancer Service.

 

Everyone who attended had a fabulous time and we are so grateful to all the organisational team and especially Graphic Mill & Out of Hand

We completed the evening with Testicle Twinning with South African based Testicular Cancer Charity Love Your Nuts (Video coming soon).

Awareness is key – Getting out and about
Awareness is key – Getting out and about

This month we have been getting out and about. The team attended an Awareness Stand at GKN Aerospace Bristol.

Long time supporter Wayne Brooks help with a Conker Competition at The Plough Micro Pub in Dursley.

 

Great to be out seeing people and talking about what we do best.

Team News!
Team News!

Sue & Bill Brand attended Exeter Chiefs Season Launch Dinner on 14th October meeting other charities, Will Greenwood and some of the women’s team.

This week children’s author Claire Freedman joins #TEAMIITB as a patron. Known for her wonderful books Aliens Love Underpants we first approached her at the beginning of the pandemic to sign some books for families going through chemotherapy, and to our surprise she said yes.

This month we said goodbye to Trustee and Vice President Nigel Williams who stepped down after his move to Dorset. We wish him well in his new home and thank him for all his hard work and support over the last six years.

However, we say hello to Edd Smith who has just joined the team as Trustee for fundraising and income generation. Director of Caring for Bristol he will be an asset to the team. Welcome Edd.