We are urging supporters to back the ‘Men United v Prostate Cancer’ campaign, as part of a quest to raise awareness about the deadly disease.
Everyone at Mansfield Town is throwing their weight behind the exciting new campaign, the brainchild of Prostate Cancer UK, for tomorrow’s Sky Bet League Two match against Newport County.
Prostate Cancer UK is the Official Charity Partner of The Football League, and tomorrow’s clash is one of 62 ‘Men United’ matchdays across the Championship, League One and League Two in the coming weeks.
The ‘Men United v Prostate Cancer’ campaign was launched following a breakfast briefing at The Football League HQ in January, with comedian Bill Bailey assuming the role of team manager.
Big names from the world of showbusiness such as Stephen Fry, Sir Michael Parkinson and Damian Lewis, together with England sporting icons Les Ferdinand and Will Carling, have joined a new movement of men stretching well beyond 70,000 people. All have signed for Men United by completing a simple online test.
From One Call Stadium to Ashton Gate and Brunton Park to Home Park, clubs throughout the country are taking steps to make a change.
This season for the first time ever, a new super team featuring managers, players, fans and club staff have joined arms as Men United to face prostate cancer head on by encouraging men everywhere to wise up to the disease and take action.
At tomorrow’s both Paul Cox (Stags’ manager) and Justin Edinburgh (Newport County manager) will sport the iconic ‘Man of Men’ pin badges on the touchline. Supporters will also be able to follow suit and badge themselves up, as volunteers will be handing them out prior to kick-off.
The pioneering partnership between Prostate Cancer UK and The Football League aims to reach over 16 million fans across the terraces up and down the country, raising awareness about a disease which affects one in eight men at some stage in their life and kills over 10,000 men a year.
Prostate Cancer UK’s Director of Fundraising, Mark Bishop, said: “We’ve been blown away by the positivity generated by our Men United v Prostate Cancer campaign and as official charity partner of the Football League its fantastic to be able to further enhance that synergy as part of these special days.
“It’s great to see clubs up and down the country join together to make a difference to men’s health, not just on behalf of its own fans but on behalf of all men across the country too.”
If you have concerns about prostate cancer please call Prostate Cancer UK's confidential Helpline on 08000 748383 or visit www.prostatecanceruk.org
. The helpline is free to landlines, staffed by specialist nurses, and open from 9.00am to 6.00pm Monday to Friday with late opening until 8.00pm on Wednesdays.