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Saddling Up For Prostate Cancer UK

27 March 2015

Blackpool To Be Represented In London To Amsterdam Charity Cycle

Gareth Godfrey-Brown will represent Blackpool in Europe on 12 June, cycling from London to Amsterdam in aid of Prostate Cancer UK.

Gareth, the club's Gold Bond supervisor, joins representatives from across The Football League on the two-day, 145-mile trek with the sole aim of raising valuable funds.

Former international footballers Terry Butcher, Luther Blissett and Matt Holland will all be taking part, as will former Blackpool manager Simon Grayson, in memory of his friend who died last year from the disease. Jamie Ogden will also be part of team Blackpool.

Last year, Gareth and Jamie completed the Men’s Health Survival of the Fittest ‘Mighty Deerstalker’ event in Scotland, and Gareth finished the London Marathon, all in support of Prostate Cancer UK. Training is well-underway for their latest event.

"I ride my bike to work every day and at weekends I go out on longer rides. I have a 65-mile ride planned in the next couple of weeks, going from Blackpool to Northenden in Manchester, which will give me a chance to gauge where I am at in terms of fitness for the big event," Gareth said

The cause is one close to Gareth’s heart and it is this which inspires him in his efforts. He's determined to raise as much money and awareness of the disease as possible.

“My stepdad suffers from prostate cancer and I’ve witnessed the pain he endures. If I can raise both some money and awareness for Prostate Cancer UK, I feel I am helping him through his illness.”

One in eight men will get prostate cancer at some point in their lives. Currently, prostate cancer kills 10,000 men a year in the UK, nearly enough to fill three sides of Bloomfield Road, which translates as one man every hour. And it is for this reason that Prostate Cancer UK is the official charity partner of The Football League and is a cause so deserving of your support.

Prostate Cancer UK are at the forefront of the battle against the disease in this country, working hard to support men with prostate cancer and their families, funding research to improve treatment, and raising awareness of the disease. They provide specialist nurses and trained volunteers who those affected can contact by email or telephone; co-ordinate support groups across the country, thereby creating a vital support network; and organise training courses to help those affected to manage living with prostate cancer.

Previously prostate cancer has been badly underfunded as an area of research, and as such, detection and treatment has been affected, but Prostate Cancer UK are working to change this, investing £11.5 million into research in the year 2013-14 alone, and £23 million since their foundation in 1996.

You can support Gareth and Jamie's charitable efforts by donating at: www.justgiving.com/Godfrey-Brown.

You can also find out more information about the disease and the great work done by Prostate Cancer UK at: www.prostatecanceruk.org.


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