Natural Sciences student becomes charity ambassador to educate young men about the dangers of testicular cancer

Tom Smith will be combining his studies with an ambassador role for The OddBalls Foundation.

His role will include helping the organisation to encourage men to check themselves for signs of the disease, the most prominent form in males aged 15-49. 

Twenty-three-year-old Tom, originally from Portsmouth, is studying Natural Sciences at the University. A keen rugby and cricket player, he is also involved in various other aspects of university life and was recruited by an existing university ambassador during a recent visit to Loughborough. 

The OddBalls Foundation was founded in 2015 and is closely associated with colourful underwear brand OddBalls. Someone is diagnosed with testicular cancer every hour in the UK, but if detected early, it is curable in over 90% of cases. The foundation’s university ambassadors visit schools, universities and workplaces, delivering talks on testicular cancer, and reminding boys and men to check their testicles, removing any stigma and embarrassment about that and the disease. The ambassadors also place The OddBalls Foundation’s Check Yourself Guides in public spaces and workplaces.

Tom commented: “I put myself forward for the role so that I could have the opportunity to get people talking about their health and to potentially have a positive influence on people’s lives by raising awareness of testicular cancer. I’m looking forward to getting creative and organising some exciting fundraising activities in and around Loughborough.

Tom is keen to have an open dialogue with men who want to learn more about testicular cancer and how to check for signs of the disease. He welcomes contact from anyone who wants to talk and can be reached by sending an email for his attention to  

Find out more about The OddBalls Foundation.