Forest fan Rowan Staszkiewicz, who is running 250 miles to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK, stopped off at Hillsborough during the recent match between Forest and Sheffield Wednesday.Rowan, 28, from Nottingham, will follow The Reds to five away matches over the course of his 250-mile run in a bid to raise awareness of the disease and he hopes to achieve his £3,500 fundraising target by the end of the season. To read more about Rowan’s adventure visit his blog at rowansz.wordpress.com.
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.
Rowan said: “I am thrilled to support The Football League’s official charity partner, Prostate Cancer UK, and I was delighted to reach Hillsborough Stadium. To help raise awareness of prostate cancer I decided to swap my football boots for trainers in a bid to follow Nottingham Forest to five away fixtures and raise money along the way. With the disease predicted to be the most common cancer in the UK by 2030, it’s important that we all play our part to raise awareness of the issue.”
Ben White, press and PR executive at Nottingham Forest FC said: “We are proud to be playing our part in supporting The Football League’s official charity partnership with Prostate Cancer UK, during the fortnight of heightened awareness in March. Everyone at the Club wishes Rowan well in his challenge and we hope that he reaches his fundraising target.
“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 we are delighted to play our part in getting the message out there as far and wide as possible - throughout the football community and beyond.”
Greg Clarke, chairman of The Football League said: “Prostate cancer affects hundreds of thousands of people across the UK every single day and I’m proud that Football League clubs have united behind a season saving men’s lives by supporting prostate cancer awareness month. I would encourage fans to get involved with fundraising on the day to help make a difference to the lives of thousands of men across the country.”
Nottingham Forest FC is joining the rest of The Football League by getting behind a fortnight of increased support during Prostate Cancer Awareness Month (2-16 March), by staging special matchday-focused activity to raise awareness and money for the charity. Football League fans can find information in their club’s matchday programme, on their club’s website, TV adverts on their clubs’ big screens and read all about the partnership in the Prostate Cancer UK fanzine.
Fans will be able to donate via a bucket collection, the website or by texting CRACK to 70004 to donate £5* to the Sledgehammer Fund. For further information visit prostatecanceruk.org/football.
Football fans still have time to sign up for the Prostate Cancer UK Total Football Cycle. The challenge will see fans, players and club officials from across The Football League take to the saddle for a unique two-day Total Football-themed, 155-mile challenge from London to Amsterdam, for the 250,000 men living with prostate cancer across the UK. Fans can find more details and sign up at prostatecanceruk.org/amsterdam to represent their club for the London-Amsterdam cycling challenge. Prostate Cancer UK asks cyclists to raise a minimum of £1,000.The registration fee is £149. Spaces are limited to 20 places per club.
For more information, please contact Elaine Nixon, media & PR manager at Prostate Cancer UK, on 020 8222 7645 or at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Peter Hannon, external affairs executive at The Football League, on 020 7487 9683 or at phannon@Football-League.Co.Uk.