as part of our contribution to a season saving men’s lives in support of The Football League’s Official Charity Partnership. Prostate Cancer UK’s Sledgehammer FundAt the start of the season, Rochdale Football Club pledged its support to
With the season coming to an end, we’re holding a bucket collection at this weekend's final match to raise money for the services of Prostate Cancer UK. A group of volunteers will be in and around the ground in the run up to kick-off.
The Sledgehammer Fund aims to wake up the nation to a disease that kills 10,000 men every year. That's one man every hour, and the number of men with the disease is rising at an alarming rate.
While it is already the most common cancer in men, prostate cancer is predicted to become the most common cancer of all in the UK by 2030. It's as big an issue for men as breast cancer is for women — yet prostate cancer gets just a fraction of the money for research. The disease is poorly understood, the tests aren't good enough, and the treatments can have life-changing side effects. The prostate is approximately the size and shape of a walnut, and Prostate Cancer UK needs a huge sledgehammer to crack it
Colin Garlick, Dale Chief Executive said: “We are proud to be playing our part in The Football League’s Official Charity Partnership with Prostate Cancer UK.
“Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, killing more than 10,000 in the UK every year. It’s so important that all men know about the disease, which is why are delighted to play our part in getting the message out there as far and wide as possible - throughout the football community and beyond.”
Owen Sharp, Chief Executive at Prostate Cancer UK, said: “Every hour one man dies from prostate cancer, but still all too few men talk about their health as much as they should. Prostate Cancer UK’s Official Charity Partnership with The Football League will play an invaluable role in helping cracking prostate cancer, and vital in encouraging men to be more open and to think and talk about prostate cancer.
“We hope that everyone who comes through the turnstiles this March at Spotland will get behind the partnership to raise as much as possible and make an even bigger difference to the 250,000 men affected by the disease throughout the UK.”