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Riders spurred on by Prostate Cancer UK's Football to Amsterdam quest

7 September 2016

Group visit Millwall during London trip

On Friday 2nd September a group of football fans, led by Tottenham Hotspur Supporters' Trust board member Kevin Fitzgerald, cycled round London's elite clubs to raise awareness for Prostate Cancer UK.

Setting off from Stratford first thing, the peloton visited 12 capital-based clubs in the Premier League and EFL - including The Den - as well as National League side Dagenham & Redbridge to promote Prostate Cancer UK's Football to Amsterdam 2017, the charity's end of season football fundraiser with the EFL.

Pedalling around London, the group put football rivalries aside and were greeted by many famous names along their route before completing an epic day of riding at Leyton Orient.

The ride was the first in a series of events to promote Football to Amsterdam, a hugely popular cycle challenge which has raised more than £1m since 2013. The ride has grown year on year with 2017 set to be the biggest yet. Registrations will soon be live and more information can be found by clicking here.

Andy Sallnow, Head of Sports Events at Prostate Cancer UK, was on the ride and said: "We're delighted that Kevin from the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters' Trust came up with the concept of uniting these London clubs by riding to each of them in a single day, and organised the ride. We're also grateful to all of the riders who joined us and the clubs who engaged and supported Prostate Cancer UK along the way.

"It was quite a feat to circumnavigate the capital for around 100 miles and we'd like to say special thanks to all of the clubs, who went above and beyond to support the ride. It was a great day with some great people.

"Ignoring prostate cancer won't beat it, and by pedalling all of those miles and visiting all of those football clubs, the riders have decided to join the fight and raise awareness for the disease that affects one in eight men in the UK. We hope to see them again in our Football to Amsterdam ride from June 9th-11th next year - and would welcome fans from across the capital, and beyond, to join the biggest ride in football."

For information about taking part in the 2017 ride please click here or contact the cycling team by calling 020 8222 7158 or emailing cycling@prostatecanceruk.org.

Elsewhere, Millwall fan Gregg Wallace has joined the fight against prostate cancer by showing support for the charity's Men United Arms initiative. The Masterchef judge is calling on pubs in London this September to throw open their doors and host a fundraising night in order to help save men's lives.

Whether it's hosting a quiz, a live music night or darts competition, Wallace is asking locals to encourage their landlords to sign up and fundraise in support of Prostate Cancer UK.

By taking part, pubs can receive fundraiser kits to help make their event look the part and if they raise over £200, Prostate Cancer UK will send them more goodies including drip trays, beer mats, bunting, banners and t-shirts.

As well, to add a little healthy competition, the top five fundraising pubs in the UK will be shortlisted to become Prostate Cancer UK's favourite local based on the amount raised, most innovative idea, customer involvement and their commitment to their local community. These pubs will then be chosen by a panel of industry experts, including Wallace, to be named the charity's favourite local.

To sign up for a fundraising pack or to receive more information please click here.

Money raised for Prostate Cancer UK will help 'shift the science' and crack the three core issues of diagnosis, treatment and prevention, which have been left unsolved for too long. It will also help provide support and information to those affected by the disease.

Many people are unaware that prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men. It's a huge issue that cannot be ignored. In 2016 one man an hour will die from prostate cancer in the UK. That's 10,900 men this year. Based on current trends, if we ignore prostate cancer and do nothing, this number will rise to over 14,500 men a year by 2026.

People are urged to search Men United and join the fight.

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