Club ambassador John McGovern will be offering his encouragement to Jeff Stelling when the Sky Sports presenter arrives at The City Ground on a walk for Prostate Cancer UK.Stelling is walking ten marathons in ten days to raise money for the Football League’s charity partner and on Friday 25 March (approx 6.10pm) he will arrive on Trentside having walked more than 40 miles that day.
Stelling said: "In 2016 I wanted to do something different. I wanted to do something where people could see I was feeling the pain on behalf of a fantastic cause.
"Walking 10 marathons in 10 days to help beat prostate cancer, a disease killing more than 10,000 men every year, seemed like an ideal opportunity.
"I’ll be walking with my mate Russ Green, the chief executive of Hartlepool United, and members of the football family on the way. Why? Us Hartlepool fans have never been to Wembley, and this is our chance to take them there while supporting Prostate Cancer UK, the official charity partner of the Football League.
"On Friday 25 March, I’ll be setting off from the iPro (you Reds can put rivalries aside for a great cause) at 8am sharp and marching to the Pirelli Stadium, before we head to The City Ground and finally the short walk over the bridge to Meadow Lane for a pint at the end. I’m delighted to say Merse will be joining us too.
"Want to join me on the walk? If you’d like to raise vital funds to support the one in eight men in the UK who are affected by prostate cancer every year, why not dust off your walking boots and get involved? Find out how to apply today.
" Prostate Cancer UK should be a charity close to every man’s heart because we know, or we should know, just how vulnerable we are. I like my statistics – but the ones I’m dealing with here are shocking. One in eight men will get prostate cancer, and one in four if you are black. It’s a scary thought.
"Within the next ten years Prostate Cancer UK believes they will find the answers to ensure the disease is something men and their loved ones no longer fear. I’ve met the scientists who pledge to do this and I can see how dedicated they are. So the idea of doing something ten times came from there.
"Two hundred and sixty miles from Victoria Park, home of Hartlepool United, to Wembley Stadium, divided by ten = 26 miles. The distance of a marathon. Ten marathons in ten days. It just all fell into place like a jigsaw really.
"Prostate cancer is not discerning, but it can be treated if caught soon enough. It doesn’t just hit the bad guys, it’s the good guys as well.
"To get involved visit MenUnitedMarch.org or text JEFF to 70004 to donate £3 to support everyone affected by prostate cancer.*"