Seven football clubs have helped raise £2,827 for Prostate Cancer UK on Non-League Day by converting their club house to a Men United Arms, and encouraging donations through fans.
For a fourth successive season Prostate Cancer UK were official charity partner of Non-League Day on Saturday, October 7th and fans of the clubs lent their support via the innovative pub project.
The seven clubs to open a Men United Arms included Corinthian Casuals FC, Darlington FC, Hallam FC, Mickleover Sports FC, Sheppey United FC, Sutton United FC and Wealdstone FC.
From drip trays, to beer mats, pin badges, balloons and bunting the clubs decorated their bars and raised a total of £2,827 between them.
Around the grounds staff and volunteers also held bucket collections, and competitions such as the crossbar challenge to raise further funds.
The annual event, saw hundreds of football clubs from across the non-league pyramid encouraged to raise awareness of prostate cancer, and money for the charity.
The Non-League Day team have been working with leading men’s health charity Prostate Cancer UK since 2014, and while teams from the top two tiers were inactive in the first weekend of October as England played World Cup qualifiers against Slovenia and Lithuania, supporters were encouraged to use their weekend off to get behind their local side
James Doe, founder of Non-League Day said: “Prostate Cancer UK’s work across football goes from strength to strength but the statistics about the disease are still chilling. One man dies every 45 minutes so more than ever we need to raise awareness and funds to hit back.
“Reaching supporters, players and officials at all levels of our national game is massively important to changing this, and it was great to see non-league clubs and their supporters adopting Prostate Cancer UK as their charity for the day with fundraising events such as the Men United Arms.”
James Beeby, Director of Fundraising at Prostate Cancer UK, said: “The power of football consistently helps us reach out to men and their friends and families, and we are very grateful for all the support from clubs on Non-League Day as we continue to raise money and awareness throughout the grassroots game in innovative ways. The Men United Arms concept is a great example of this, and it was fantastic to see clubs from across the country raise the bar.
“We’re delighted once again that non-league fans joined the fight against prostate cancer and raise vital funds for Prostate Cancer UK. The money raised by clubs and their fantastic fans will fund ground-breaking research to help fight the disease. That will help us provide dedicated support and information to men and their families affected by this disease. We thank everyone involved for joining the fight.”
Many people are unaware that prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men. It’s a huge issue that cannot be ignored. One man will die from prostate cancer every 45 minutes in the UK. That’s over 11,000 men a year. 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.
If your local sports club, or pub, are interested in turning their bar into a Men United Arms for Prostate Cancer UK call 0800 082 1616 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.