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Latics back Football League charity

21 August 2012

Join battle to save prostate cancer

Latics has pledged to help make 2012/13 a season saving men’s lives in support of The Football League’s new partnership with Prostate Cancer UK.

Players, staff and fans of the 72 Football League clubs will undertake a range of activities to help more men survive prostate cancer and enjoy a better quality of life, and Latics has vowed to play its part.

Latics' Chief Executive Neil Joy said:"We are proud to be playing our part in The Football League’s new partnership with Prostate Cancer UK, and we look forward to working closely with both organisations to make the year ahead a season saving men’s lives.

"Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, killing more than 10,000 in the UK every year. It’s so important that all men know about the disease, which is why are delighted to play our part in getting the message out there as far and wide as possible - throughout the football community and beyond."

Former England, Watford and AC Milan striker Luther Blissett (pictured) launched the partnership today alongside David Annand, a Prostate Cancer UK supporter who has pledged to walk 500 miles around football grounds over 12 months after being diagnosed with prostate cancer last year aged just 49.

Blissett said: "Prostate Cancer UK’s groundbreaking partnership with The Football League is a fantastic way to raise awareness of the most common cancer in men. It’s brilliant that all 72 Football League clubs including Latics are joining forces to spread the word about prostate cancer this season and help raise funds for the range of support services Prostate Cancer UK has to offer men affected by the disease."


"Prostate Cancer UK’s partnership with The Football League will play an invaluable role in breaking down some of the taboos that still exist, which is vital in encouraging men to be more open and to think and talk about prostate cancer.

Owen Sharp, Chief Executive at Prostate Cancer UK, said: "Every hour one man dies from prostate cancer, but still all too few men talk about their health as much as they should.

"We hope that everyone who comes through the turnstiles this season at Latics will get behind the partnership to raise as much as possible and make an even bigger difference to the 250,000 men affected by the disease throughout the UK."


Greg Clarke Chairman of The Football League said: “Prostate Cancer affects hundreds of thousands of people across the UK every single day and I’m proud that all 72 Football League clubs will unite behind a season saving men’s lives.  I would encourage fans up and down the country to get involved with fundraising at their local League club to help fight this disease.


"By working with The Football League, our clubs and their local communities this partnership will play its part in helping Prostate Cancer UK make a difference to the lives of thousands of men across the country.”

“With the help of The Football League and supporters, we can make more men, and their families, aware of their health and help raise funds for Prostate Cancer UK’s vital support services.

March to coincide with Prostate Cancer Awareness to 16ndProstate Cancer UK is hoping to raise funds through a range of activity throughout the season, including dedicated weeks of support from 2

More than 65,000 Football League fans, club Chief Executives and Football League staff took part in the vote to choose Prostate Cancer UK as their charity partner for this season from a shortlist of six charities.


About The Football League’s partnership with Prostate Cancer UK:

The Football League’s partnership with Prostate Cancer UK will run throughout the 2012/2013 season to raise awareness of prostate cancer amongst the fans, players and staff at the 72 Football League Clubs.

With 250,000 men – enough to fill Wembley Stadium three times over – living with disease in the UK, the partnership will help to increase awareness of the disease and help raise funds so that more men survive it and enjoy a better quality of life.

Prostate Cancer UK, in partnership with the Football League, will be launching a range of fundraising and awareness activity across the season for football fans including:

        ·Opportunities to debate their club’s favourite number 9 (the number 9 being significant as 1 in 9 men develop prostate cancer)

        ·aise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and other cancers that affect menFans, players and managers will be invited to get involved with Moustache Season in Movember (the month formerly know as November) to support The Movember Foundation in its work to r

        ·Prostate Cancer UK’s football ambassadors, including Mark Bright, will help raise awareness and funds across the season

        ·A dedicated week of support in March to coincide with Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, where we will have a presence at as many grounds in The Football League as possible

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About Prostate Cancer UK:


Prostate cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in men in the UK. Every year in the UK over 40,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer.  One man dies die very hour from prostate cancer. 250,000 UK men 

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