A Nottingham Forest fan is gearing up for a memorable cycle challenge from Wembley to Amsterdam's Dam Square later this month to raise vital funds for Prostate Cancer UK.
Rowan Staszkiewicz, 28, from Nottingham recently swapped his football boots for trainers to run 207 miles to five Forest away fixtures, raising £3200 in the process. The keen sportsman has, along with two friends, now signed up to join a team that includes former England, Watford and AC Milan striker Luther Blissett.
Kicking off on Friday 14 June, their epic 155-mile route passes through the picturesque countryside of rural England before crossing The Channel from Harwich and arriving on the flat landscape of Dutch Zeeland.
The Reds Season Ticket-holder said: “I was originally motivated to raise awareness and money for Prostate Cancer UK due to the charity’s relationship with The Football League, however as the season has developed, I have learnt a lot about the disease and how it affects one in eight men, and I’m now really passionate about the cause.
“I'm a big fan of endurance challenges, I can run for miles but I'm not a particularly strong cyclist so I'm really looking forward to the physical challenge. As a football fan, it's pretty iconic to be starting at Wembley Stadium and I also love the Netherlands. I'm looking forward to cycling with Luther Blissett and the group of cyclists who'll be nice to get to know along the 150 miles to Amsterdam. It's also great to be raising more money for the cause. By the end we hope to have raised our group target of over 3k in the fight against prostate cancer.”
Mark Bishop, director of fundraising at Prostate Cancer UK said: “We are delighted to be staging our first football-themed bike ride this summer and thrilled that Rowan and his friends have signed up with Luther Blissett to support Prostate Cancer UK.
“Our official partnership with The Football League has allowed Prostate Cancer UK to reach more men through their love of the beautiful game and help raise awareness of the disease, which claims the lives of more than 10,000 men every year in the UK.”
“The event offers both budding and seasoned cyclists a great ride to Amsterdam, the home of ‘total football’, and we hope people will show their support to Rowan and his PA team in their fundraising efforts. More than 40,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year in the UK and every penny raised goes to Prostate Cancer UK to plough into vital research and support services.
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If you have any queries about prostate cancer, call Prostate Cancer UK’s confidential Helpline on 0800 074 8383.The helpline is staffed by specialist nurses and open from 9am to 5pm on Monday to Friday and from 7 - 9pm on Wednesdays.Alternatively please visit www.prostatecanceruk.org.