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Millwall announce link-up with Prostate Cancer UK

16 December 2020

Millwall Football Club is proud to announce a link-up with Prostate Cancer UK as a charity partner for 2020/21.

The partnership continues a long and fruitful relationship dating back to the 2013/14 season when the leading men’s health charity sponsored the front of Millwall’s shirts in a historic and ground-breaking move.

Since then, the two parties have continued to work closely – not only when Prostate Cancer UK were the EFL’s official charity partner, but on many other projects and initiatives, including the charity’s Football March for Men in 2018, which saw hundreds of football fans kick off a marathon march to Wembley from The Den.

Lifelong Lions supporter Brian Kilgannon was also prompted to tell his story after his own diagnosis in 2012. He sadly died of prostate cancer in 2015.

This new partnership marks a continuation of relations and will see Millwall commit to supporting the charity in its fight against prostate cancer, which is now the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the UK.

One man dies every 45 minutes from prostate cancer, and around 400,000 men are living with or after a prostate cancer diagnosis - and that number keeps rising. 

Most men with early prostate cancer don’t have any symptoms, which is why Prostate Cancer UK is encouraging men most at risk to speak to their GP. This includes men over 50, while black men and those with a family history of the disease should consider speaking to their doctor earlier, from the age of 45.

And to help men find out whether they are at increased risk of developing the disease, Prostate Cancer UK has launched an online risk checker, available at prostatecanceruk.org/riskcheck where Lions fans can check their own risk in 30 seconds.

“We’re very proud to link-up with Prostate Cancer UK once again,” said Steve Kavanagh, Millwall’s CEO and a man who has already raised thousands of pounds for the charity by completing a number of Football to Amsterdam bike rides. “The charity is one which is very close to my heart having suffered personal loss due to the disease, and so I am very aware of the incredibly important work they do in raising awareness and money for research.

“The fans have always been excellent with the charity and I’m sure we’ll very happily support in every way we can this season.”

Matt Holdstock, Sport Engagement Manager at Prostate Cancer UK, said: “The football family continues to be a major player in the fight against prostate cancer, so we’re proud to be working alongside our long-time friends Millwall for another season.

“The club has been hugely supportive of our work in recent seasons and we’re excited to continue to connect with more Lions fans to increase awareness of prostate cancer and fundraising to support life-saving research throughout the season. That continued support will help us change the game for all those affected by this horrible disease.”

For more information about Prostate Cancer UK’s work in football click here and stay tuned for more information about how Lions fans can support.


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