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Prostate Cancer UK calls on Londoners to March for Men

PUBLISHED: 16:30 15 June 2017

A general view of the Olympic stadium and the Orbit tower on the Olympic Park in Stratford, east London.

A general view of the Olympic stadium and the Orbit tower on the Olympic Park in Stratford, east London.

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Mass participation walk at Olympic Park on Father’s Day weekend

Wayne Sleep is set to front Prostate Cancer UK's March for Men at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park this weekend Wayne Sleep is set to front Prostate Cancer UK's March for Men at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park this weekend

The leading men’s health charity’s bid to beat prostate cancer will see a series of epic mass participation walks unveiled across the UK in June and beyond.

Showing his support, Wayne Sleep is set to front the march and walk with his family and friends on Saturday June 17 as part of Father’s Day weekend at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London.

Wayne, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2015, said: “When I was diagnosed with prostate cancer, I was terrified. I wasn’t aware of my risk and as I am very active and aware of my health, I didn’t imagine it would happen to me.

“I feel very fortunate that my prostate cancer was detected early and that I am here today to be able to take part in the London March for Men knowing I’m okay. But it could have been a different story and for many families, there will be a man missing owing to this disease.

“I encourage everyone to come and take part on June 17. It’s really about men and their families uniting, having a jolly good time but most importantly raising as much awareness of the condition and funds for Prostate Cancer UK as possible.

“We need Londoners to shout and make a noise about prostate cancer by joining in this event to help stop this being a killer.”

Providing a choice of distances around a circular route, the London March for Men finishes at an event village where there will be food, drink, music and a chance to find out more about the charity’s work.

The event forms part of Prostate Cancer UK’s wider walking programme, March for Men, which includes a trio of Local Walks across Father’s Day weekend, including Leeds and Glasgow 24 hours later on June 18.

The charity will also be encouraging supporters to hold their own marches to try and raise £1million through walking in 2017.

The launch comes hot on the heels of intrepid television presenter Jeff Stelling lacing up his walking boots once more in another unbelievable walking challenge for Prostate Cancer UK.

The long-standing Sky Sports Soccer Saturday host is aiming to raise £500,000 on his March for Men, walking 15 marathons in 15 days in June, stopping off at numerous football grounds up the country.

Over 4,377 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer in London each year, with almost 1,000 men dying from the disease, and over 28,110 living with and beyond prostate cancer.

Angela Culhane, chief executive at Prostate Cancer UK, said: “We are thrilled to announce the launch of March for Men – Prostate Cancer UK’s new walking programme aiming to bring people together throughout the UK to celebrate the lives of those who’ve beaten prostate cancer and to remember those who have been sadly lost to the disease.

“Currently one man an hour dies from prostate cancer in the UK. 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.

“Money raised through March for Men will have a huge impact on the lives of those affected by the disease and will help bring us a few steps closer to stopping prostate cancer being a killer.

“The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is the perfect location for us to host the London March for Men this June, and we encourage others to put their best foot forward, as Wayne Sleep is doing, and join us for what is expected to be a great day.

“On average we take over 216 million steps in our lifetime, that’s over 110,000 miles. So why not make your steps count by Marching for Men. It’s a few small steps for you, one giant leap for Men.”

To sign up to the London March for Men, visit marchformen.org.

The registration fee is £10 per adult, while children under 16 are free but have to be accompanied by a guardian over 18. There is a suggested fundraising target of £50 and walkers receive a t-shirt.

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