This week we’re delighted to welcome Prostate Cancer UK to Portman Road who, with the support of volunteers, will be raising money to beat a disease killing one man every 45 minutes in the UK.
Prostate Cancer UK is the Official Charity Partner of the EFL and their “Man of Men” logo sits proudly in the squad numbers of every one of our player’s shirts. It also adorns the lapels of football managers, pundits and fans across the land.
Blues boss Mick McCarthy has joined forces with over 40 football managers from the English Football League (EFL), Premier League and League Manager’s Association (LMA), including Sean Dyche, Rafa Benitez, Chris Hughton and Gary Rowett, to raise awareness of the disease.
Together they are condemning the deadly disease in a series of passionate, and life-saving, messages as part of a high-profile campaign to tackle the most common cancer in men.
McCarthy said: “Ipswich have always been great supporters of Prostate Cancer UK through the bike ride to Amsterdam and it’s a fantastic charity, and cause, to support.
“Through their work with the EFL awareness is certainly improving but hearing stats like one man dying every 45 minutes from prostate cancer is a big concern. And if we, as a football club as well as the wider football community, can help, then we will.
“Wearing the badge, like me, is a great way to show your support just as taking part in a bike ride or any physical challenge is. They are fabulous things to get involved in and are hugely rewarding too.
“Raising that awareness is so important. It might be an easy thing to go and see a doctor, but sometimes people don’t as they don’t want to hear bad news. But of course, the earlier you do react, the better it can be down the line.
“I’m speaking as a guy who lost both his parents to cancer and as a man who is checked out regularly. Make sure you wise up and make the right decisions so we can tackle this deadly opponent.”
Volunteers will be collecting money outside the ground before match, in which Ipswich Town will face Burton Albion, but it’s important our club and fans know their risk and know how they can help.
Like the gaffer, you can wear your Prostate Cancer UK badge with pride too.
Text BADGE to 70004 to donate £5 to help stop prostate cancer being a killer (and get your own Prostate Cancer UK badge to wear).*
You can also find out more about Prostate Cancer UK’s work in football by visiting: http://prostatecanceruk.org/football
*Text costs £5 plus network charge. Prostate Cancer UK receives 100% of your donation. Obtain bill payers permission. Customer care 0800 082 1616. Charity No 1005541.