Wycombe Wanderers and Exeter City fans raised an impressive £873.49 for Prostate Cancer UK during their match day collection on 14 October in a bid to relegate a disease that kills one man every 45 minutes.
The League Two side were one of 11 clubs to host match days and generous supporters helped raise a combined total of more than £11,000 as part of a continued programme of events with the Official Charity Partner of the EFL, Prostate Cancer UK.
The Chairboys drew 0-0 with Exeter City, whose fans also chipped in with a life-saving contribution on a hugely successful afternoon.
Together fans of the Championship, League One and League Two clubs have raised vital funds which will go towards improving diagnosis, treatment, prevention and support to ultimately help stop prostate cancer being a killer.
James Beeby, Director of Fundraising at Prostate Cancer UK, said: “The power of football consistently helps us reach out to men and their friends and families, and we are very grateful for the continued backing from Wycombe Wanderers and Exeter City as well as many other clubs across the EFL and beyond.
“One man dies every 45 minutes from this disease. That’s two men during a football match, so we’re grateful once again that the Chairboys and Grecians fans have joined the fight against prostate cancer to raise vital funds for Prostate Cancer UK.
“The money raised by clubs and their fantastic fans will fund ground-breaking research to help fight the disease. That will help us provide dedicated support and information to men and their families affected by this disease. We thank everyone involved for helping us relegate prostate cancer.”
As well as fans generously donating on the day, managers from across the football fraternity, including Wanderers boss Gareth Ainsworth, have also been getting behind the cause by wearing the iconic Prostate Cancer UK ‘Man of Men’ pin badge and speaking out about the disease that affects one in eight men in the UK, a statistic that worsens to one in four if you are a black man.
Ainsworth said: “I’ve walked the walk for Prostate Cancer UK and now I want to talk the talk.
“Prostate cancer affects one in eight men, and shockingly one man will die every 45 minutes from this disease. Imagine being down to 10 men at half-time and then losing another before the full-time whistle. That’s unacceptable.
“I was proud to lead Wycombe at the Prostate Cancer UK Stadium against Luton Town, and to walk side by side with Jeff Stelling and so many inspirational people during his epic Men United March. That’s why I wear my Man of Men pin badge with pride on the touchline and why we must continue to raise money and awareness to fight back against this terrible disease.”
This support from clubs and their fans is set to continue into 2018 as a new line-up of Prostate Cancer UK match day fixtures will soon be unveiled at clubs up and down the country. New dates will be announced soon and the charity are urging fans and people in the local community to join the fight and help at a local game. You can register interest at prostatecanceruk.org/matchdays.
Many people are unaware that prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men. It’s a huge issue that cannot be ignored. One man will die from prostate cancer every 45 minutes in the UK. That’s over 11,000 men a year. Based on current trends, if we ignore prostate cancer and do nothing, this number will rise to over 14,500 men a year by 2026.
Details will soon be available about the 2018 games, where you can find the nearest match to volunteer and get a free ticket to the game, visit: prostatecanceruk.org/matchdays.
Additionally, to show your support and get Prostate Cancer UK’s ‘Man of Men’ badge to wear with pride, text BADGE to 70004 to donate £5* and help stop prostate cancer being a killer. For information about the badge and the charity’s work in football visit prostatecanceruk.org/whostheman
* Text costs £5 plus network charge. Prostate Cancer UK receives 100% of your donation. Obtain bill payers permission. Customer care 0800 082 1616. Charity No 1005541.