Steve and Robbo join campaign to unite men against killer disease
Millwall manager Steve Lomas and Club Captain Paul Robinson kicked off the start of the new season by signing for ‘Men United’ in the fight against prostate cancer– a unique new campaign from Prostate Cancer UK – the club's title sponsor and Official Charity Partner of the Football League.
With prostate cancer affecting 1 in 8 men in the UK and the disease rising at an alarming rate, Prostate Cancer UK aims to reach millions of fans, players and staff, by raising awareness of prostate cancer and encouraging men to wise up to the disease and take action.
Men United v prostate cancer aims to unite the football community and create a new movement for change in men's health. During the season ahead we at Millwall FC will champion the work of the official charity partner by promoting key services for men and highlighting joint fundraising efforts across the season.
Boss Steve said: "Football isn't just about the 90 minutes play and picking up three points, it also plays an important role in the communities we live in. We have a responsibility to our fans both on and off the park and this is why I'm signing for Prostate Cancer UK's 'Men United' campaign.
Men tend not to open up about difficult health matters, preferring to talk about the weekend result instead. The fact is that as we all get older the prostate can become a problem, so we all need to face up to it and be aware of the risks. With the disease killing one man every hour – we can't afford to ignore this any longer. Today we call on Millwall fans to join us by supporting Men United v prostate cancer – together we can win this battle."
Club captain Robbo added: "I am proud to sign for Men United' with the gaffer to support the most common cancer in men in the UK.
I was shocked to learn that the disease is rising at an alarming rate and that African and African Caribbean men are three times more likely to get prostate cancer than white men of the same age. It is important that clubs and fans alike support this positive movement for men’s health – by talking to our mates about it and bringing the subject up with our dads we can break the old taboo, face up to the risk and hopefully help save lives."
Throughout the season Millwall FC will support Prostate Cancer UK by providing regular information on millwallfc.co.uk, publications and around the stadium, stage a matchday bucket collection and take part in the end of season London to Amsterdam fundraising cycle. We also have two designated tea bars in blocks 34 and 13 manned by volunteers, with a donation made by our concourse catering suppliers Lindleys making a donation to Prostate Cancer UK after every home game.
Owen Sharp, Chief Executive of Prostate Cancer UK, said: "Every hour one man dies from prostate cancer, but still too few men talk about their health. It's fantastic to be working with The Football League - the partnership is delivering good work and will continue to allow us to reach football communities across England and Wales, to wake men up to the disease which affects 1 in 8 men in the UK.
I am delighted that Steve Lomas and Paul Robinson have joined Men United v prostate cancer today and I look forward to working with Millwall FC over the season ahead. With the disease rising at an alarming rate, it's urgent that we take action by raising our game in the battle against prostate cancer. Prostate Cancer UK is committed to developing a movement for change in men's health - together with men of all ages across the football terraces of the UK, we can encourage men to wise up to the killer disease and understand the risk."
Greg Clarke, Chairman of The Football League added: "I am delighted that Prostate Cancer UK remain the official charity partner of the Football League into Season 2013/14. I am extremely proud with the work we have achieved so far to raise awareness of this terrible disease, however, with a similar death rate to breast cancer – the most common female cancer, more work is needed to put prostate cancer firmly on the radar.
We urge the football community and our supporters to join us in supporting Men United v prostate cancer – together we can make a real difference to men's health for the future."
If you have concerns about prostate cancer call Prostate Cancer UK's confidential Helpline on 0800 074 8383 or visit www.prostatecanceruk.org. The helpline is free to landlines, staffed by specialist nurses, and open from 9am - 5pm on Monday to Friday and from 7 - 9pm on Wednesdays.