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Fans urged to dig deep

22 February 2013

Supporters are encouraged to help raise funds for Prostate Cancer UK at Sunday's Capital One Cup Final

Prostate Cancer UK – The Football League’s Official Charity Partner for Season 2012/13 - is calling on Bradford City and Swansea City supporters attending the Capital One Cup Final at Wembley Stadium on 24th February to give generously to branded bucket shakers outside the stadium.

Kicking off at 4pm, the highly anticipated clash has all the makings of a classic cup showdown. 

With 250,000 men – enough to fill Wembley Stadium 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.  

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. 

“On the day our team of volunteers will be out on force shaking buckets outside Wembley and in the surrounding areas from 1pm until kick-off. 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.”

John Nagle, Head of Communications at The Football League, added: “Prostate cancer affects hundreds of thousands of men across the UK every single day and the Capital One Cup Final will unite clubs and supporters to help save men’s lives.  I would encourage fans to show their support and help fight this disease by donating on the day.”

In addition to bucket shaking before the match, Prostate cancer survivor David Annand will be the Guest of Honour for the Final.  David, 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 10 minutes before kick-off as part of the presentation party to meet both teams.

Prostate Cancer UK’s ground-breaking adverts featuring impersonator Jon Culshaw and some famous faces from the world of sport, will be broadcast on the big screen before the match, as well as awareness announcements across the day over the tannoy.

Prostate Cancer UK’s 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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