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Cancer survivor to be guest of honour

20 February 2013

Prostate cancer survivor to be guest of honour at cup showdown

A survivor of Prostate Cancer is to be guest of honour at the forthcoming Capital One Cup Final showpiece between Bradford City and Swansea City at Wembley Stadium on Sunday 24th February, as part of Prostate Cancer UK’s Official Charity Partnership with The Football League for Season 2012/13.

David Annand, 50, who is walking 500 miles around football grounds across the UK over the course of the year in a bid to spend ‘a season saving men’s lives’ to raise awareness of the disease, will be invited onto the pitch before kick-off to meet both teams.

With 250,000 men – enough to fill Wembley three times over – living with prostate cancer in the UK, Prostate Cancer volunteers and ambassadors will be out on force on the big day to raise funds and awareness of the disease, which is predicted to become the most common cancer in the UK by 2030.  

The keen Gillingham supporter said: “I am thrilled to support The Football League’s Official Charity Partner, Prostate Cancer UK, and to be part of the Capital One Cup Final celebrations. As a big football fan, the chance to walk onto the hallowed turf at Wembley to meet all the players involved in the cup match will be very special. 

“Having experienced prostate cancer first-hand, I am proud to represent the charity on the day to encourage more men to stand up and be aware of their health. With the disease predicted to be the most common cancer in the UK by 2030, its important that we to raise awareness of the issues.”

Mark Bishop, Director of Fundraising at Prostate Cancer UK, said: “The Capital One Cup Final is hotly tipped to be a memorable day of football with the best team on the day taking home the coveted piece of silverware. 

"We are delighted to be awarded the opportunity to be part of the celebrations to help crack prostate cancer. Over 40,000 men are diagnosed and ever year and sadly 10,000 men lose their lives. All funds raised from the day will be ploughed back and invested into crucial medical research and our support services, so that we can help even more people affected by this disease.”

Greg Clarke, Chairman of The Football League, added: “Prostate cancer affects hundreds of thousands of people across the UK every single day and I’m proud that the cup final with unite clubs and supporters to help save men’s lives.  I would encourage fans to get involved with fundraising and show their support on the day to help fight this disease.”

Matchday highlights will include a team of 50 volunteers bucket shaking pre-match. In the build up to kick-off, Prostate Cancer UK’s groundbreaking adverts featuring impersonator Jon Culshaw and some famous faces from the world of sport, will be broadcast on the big screen as well as announcements across the day over the tannoy.

Prostate Cancer UK’s year-long partnership with The Football League is helping to raise funds, so that more men survive prostate cancer and enjoy a better quality of life. It is also increasing awareness of the disease, which is predicted to become the most common cancer in the UK by 2030. 

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