Argyle Team Up With Prostate Cancer UK

ARGYLE have 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 we are playing our part.

Martin Baker, Acting Chief Executive at Argyle 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 help in getting the message out there as far and wide as possible – throughout the football community and beyond.”

Argyle’s local partnership is with the Chestnut Appeal, which raises money and awareness to help men with prostate cancer and their families from across Devon and Cornwall.

They are the region’s only local prostate cancer charity and their funding program is unique to the area.

Lesley-Ann Simpson, the Chestnut Appeal’s, Charity Manager said; “We’ve a lot to be thankful for already, but a huge amount of work is needed to ensure prostate cancer is continually talked about.

“We need to make sure the South West corner of the UK isn’t forgotten about that that we are able to attract the very best cancer curing technologies to the area.”

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.

“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.
“We hope that everyone who comes through the turnstiles this season at Argyle 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.

“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.

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

More than 65,000 Football League fans, club Chief Executives and Football League staff chose Prostate Cancer UK as their charity partner for this season from a shortlist of six charities.

For more information about the Chestnut Appeal, please look at their website; call them on 01752 792 736; or check them out on Facebook.