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Clubs look for Non-League Day boost

PUBLISHED: 07:00 05 September 2014

Frankie Curley goes close to a goal for Hornchurch against Maidstone (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Frankie Curley goes close to a goal for Hornchurch against Maidstone (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Prostate Cancer UK partners annual event in 2014

Romford captain Jack Barry (right) celebrates a goal (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)Romford captain Jack Barry (right) celebrates a goal (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Hornchurch and Romford will be hoping for bigger attendances on Non-League Day tomorrow (Saturday).

Prostate Cancer UK is the official partner of the annual event this year and hundreds of clubs from across the pyramid are encouraged to raise awareness and money for the charity.

The Non-League Day team were first drawn to the idea of partnering with Prostate Cancer UK by their ‘Men United v Prostate Cancer’ campaign which has seen them build an important relationship with The Football League and its member clubs.

And while teams from the top two tiers are inactive in the first weekend of September as England prepare for their European Championship qualifying curtain-raiser against Switzerland on Monday, supporters will be encouraged to use their weekend off to get behind their local sides.

James Doe, founder of Non-League Day, said: “We had a really positive chat with the people from Prostate Cancer UK and it was refreshing to see how they wanted to reach supporters and players at all levels of our national game.

“Prostate Cancer UK are fighting to help more men survive prostate cancer and enjoy a better quality of life. Money raised is used to provide information and fund research into a disease which kills 10,000 men a year in the UK, the equivalent of one every hour.

“We hope that non-league clubs and their supporters will also wish to adopt Prostate Cancer UK as a charity for the day and look forward to hearing from any who would like to host themed events or fundraising activities.”

Prostate Cancer UK’s Director of Fundraising Mark Bishop added: ”Prostate cancer is killing one man every hour, but many men still find it tough to face up to important health issues. That’s why we have embarked on a very deliberate way of using football as a way of talking to men about this killer disease.

“Our Men United v Prostate Cancer campaign has worked brilliantly for us across The Football League but we don’t want to stop there. We want to make all men connected to non-league football just as aware as this deadly disease matters to us all; that’s why this weekend is so important.”

Prostate Cancer UK are targetting football fans across the terraces up and down the country, raising awareness of the disease which affects 1 in 8 men sometime in their life and kills over 10,000 men a year.

More than 180,000 people have signed for Men United by doing a simple online test.

Hornchurch play host to Margate in the Ryman Premier Division tomorrow, with a 2pm kick-off at Bridge Avenue, while Romford entertain Ryman One North rivals Tilbury at Ship Lane (3pm).

If your club are interested in running an event for Prostate Cancer UK or are happy to let their volunteers into the ground on Non-League Day please contact Chris Carter, Community Engagement Manager, on 0203 310 7006 or at chris.carter@prostatecanceruk.org.

*If you have concerns about prostate cancer please call Prostate Cancer UK’s confidential Helpline on 0800 074 8383 or visit prostatecanceruk.org. The helpline is free to landlines, staffed by specialist nurses, and open from 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday with late opening until 8pm on Wednesdays.

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