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Lions are the pride of Cancer Deadline Day

3 February 2021

Millwall Football Club have become the first ever winners of Cancer Deadline Day's giving league, after Lions fans clubbed together to raise more than £10,000 for a consortium of eight cancer charities.

The Lions embraced the transfer window to call on their fans to "make a transfer for cancer" to help charities tackling the disease.

Millwall's fans and players responded brilliantly, including 84-year-old Millwall supporter Charlie Harris, who has terminal cancer. He donated £400 on behalf of the club and said: "As a lifetime supporter of Millwall, starting in the 50s, I give this donation in the hope that a cure will be found one day."

Many of Millwall's players also donated to the cause, helping The Lions to finish clear of Championship rivals Brentford in the giving table. Arsenal were the top Premier League club, with Arsenal Ladies the best of the WSL and Partick Thistle the best in Scotland.

Although the giving table closed when the transfer window shut in England at 11pm on deadline day, fans are still able to make a donation by visiting Donations can be made until the end of Thursday 4th February, World Cancer Day.

Millwall CEO Steve Kavanagh said: "It is immensely impressive, though not remotely surprising, that the Millwall family has yet again come together and excelled itself with this important fundraising initiative.

"Cancer is an illness which has impacted so many in society and, speaking as someone who has lost both parents to the disease, it makes me so incredibly proud to work at this wonderful football club which continues to go above and beyond when duty calls.

"I’d like to thank all the fans, players and staff who have contributed, and indeed to all those at other clubs who have helped to raise a fantastic total for a variety of cancer charities. Football once more shows just how powerful a force for good it is."

A consortium of eight cancer charities who have registered with Cancer Deadline Day will all receive an equal split of the money raised, which currently stands at £28,000. The eight charities are: Breast Cancer Now, Clic Sargent, Macmillan Cancer Support, Pancreatic Cancer UK, Prostate Cancer UK, The Ruth Strauss Foundation, Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and Teenage Cancer Trust.

More than 50 football clubs from the Premier League, WSL, Scottish Premier League, English Football
League and non-league signed up in support of the campaign and celebrity supporters include Sir Rod Stewart, The Who and former England strikers Jermaine Defoe, Alan Shearer and Michael Owen.

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