Intrepid television presenter, Jeff Stelling has announced he will embark on an epic charity walk to help tame prostate cancer in association with Carlsberg.
Teaming up with leading men’s health organisation, Prostate Cancer UK, the long-standing Soccer Saturday host will complete 10 walking marathons in 10 days, from boyhood club, Hartlepool United to Wembley between March 21-30.
Clocking in at more than 250 miles, Jeff’s Men United March, menunitedmarch.org will see the 60-year-old check in on 31 football clubs and he will be joined every step of the way by close friend, and Hartlepool United Chief Executive, Russ Green.
En route, Jeff will be joined by famous friends and colleagues and people affected by prostate cancer – and on Monday, March 28th staff from Carlsberg will join him on the march from Northampton to Milton Keynes.
Paul Morris, Sponsorship and Activation Manager at Carlsberg UK said: “We are extremely proud of our on-going relationship with Prostate Cancer UK. It’s a fantastic cause that our people care deeply about and have supported for a number of years. We hope the association helps to amplify the organisation’s messaging to reach more men nationwide. Jeff is a fantastic ambassador for Prostate Cancer UK and for Carlsberg – we look forward to joining the march and offering our support.”
Jeff Stelling commented: “I deal in statistics – but the ones we are dealing with here are shocking. One man dies every hour from this disease, that’s six in the course of Soccer Saturday every week. One in eight men will get prostate cancer, and for black men the odds are even worse at one in four. I want to get football fans, and all men, learning about the risk and I want to help fund the research that can turn those statistics round.
“Prostate cancer is not discerning. It doesn’t just hit the bad guys; it’s the good guys as well. I’ve got friends such as Sky Sports rugby league colleagues Bill Arthur and Eddie Hemmings who I have known longer than I care to remember. Both are great guys who have been affected by prostate cancer and I’ll be meeting more men like them along the way.
“Part of my motivation is of course taking Hartlepool to Wembley; it's a journey the club and its supporters have never made. Of course Carlsberg are no strangers to Wembley and I'm delighted that they're backing the Men United March; with partners like them on board I think we're on the right track to making this disease something men and their loved ones no longer fear. To do this we need to raise vital funds – and I need everyone to support me and all the men affected by prostate cancer by visiting menunitedmarch.org and pledging their support.”
Prostate Cancer UK is the Official Charity Partner of The Football League and 25 clubs are represented along the route, through the heartlands of England.
Angela Culhane, Chief Executive of Prostate Cancer UK, will be joining Jeff on the fourth day of the challenge between Rotherham and Chesterfield and said: “Jeff’s been a huge supporter of ours for many years, and has seen first hand the dangers of this disease through some of his closest friends in the business, and we are with him every step of the way on his epic Men United March.
“We are very grateful for the continued backing from Carlsberg, who have been friends of ours for several years. They, like us, are committed to fighting back against this disease.
“Also, by encouraging their staff to take part in the leg between Northampton and Milton Keynes, Carlsberg are a perfect example of what we call Men United; friends getting together and doing something great to beat prostate cancer.”
To support Jeff, and find out more about his challenge, visit menunitedmarch.org.
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