HUNDREDS of people gathered at Bournemouth Pier for March for Men's 10th fundraising event.

University Hospitals Dorset NHS Charity's popular event returned to help raise money for local men's health projects.

The 2024 event was dedicated to funding equipment for The Royal Bournemouth Hospital's Urology department.

Fundraising Officer Amy Beauchamp said: "A massive thank you to everyone who came to the event.

"It has been amazing to bring the community together in such a fun way and for such an important cause.

"The support from the local community really makes a difference to our hospitals, and it is a great event if you enjoy walking or running."

Bournemouth Echo: UHD event organisersUHD event organisers (Image: NQ)

March For Men 2024 took place on Saturday, March 9, 2024, along the Bournemouth promenade.

Everyone was invited to walk, jog, or run 5k or 10k to 'support every dad, brother, uncle and man in the local community.'

This year, UHD hopes to help fund equipment that will improve the diagnosis and treatment of ureter and kidney cancers and benign conditions.

The equipment would significantly improve care diagnosis rates and treatment.

Over the last ten years, March for Men has raised nearly £170,000 in urology at University Hospitals Dorset.

Consultant urological surgeon Kevin Turner said, "I want to thank everyone for coming; the event is an excellent way to bring staff, family, and friends together and spread awareness of men's health.

"Men need to look out for blood in their urine, water work symptoms and lumps on the testicles; if you have any of these symptoms, visit your GP."

Kevin added: "We've purchased a wide range of equipment through the funds raised at the March for Men fundraising events.

"The funds have helped us improve our surgical robotics, improve the diagnostics and treatment of bladder cancer record and analyse images for surgical training techniques and improvements, and enhance treatment of kidney stones, improving recovery times."