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Support charity at York game

5 March 2013

Bucket collection on Saturday for Prostate Cancer UK

AFC Wimbledon will be supporting Prostate Cancer UK's vital fundraising work this Saturday with a bucket collection at the York City match.

To fit in with the charity’s Sledgehammer Fund and Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, which runs from March 2-16, we will be encouraging supporters to make a donation before the match and at half-time.

Prostate Cancer UK, the Football League's official charity partner for 2012/13, is using the Sledgehammer Fund to raise awareness of prostate cancer, which kills 10,000 men every year. That’s one man every hour, and the number of men with the disease is rising at an alarming rate.

While it is already the most common cancer in men, prostate cancer is predicted to become the most common cancer of all in the UK by 2030. The disease is poorly understood, the tests aren't good enough, and the treatments can have life-changing side effects. The prostate is approximately the size and shape of a Walnut, and Prostate Cancer UK needs a huge sledgehammer to crack it.

AFC Wimbledon is one of 72 Football League clubs supporting this worthwhile cause.

Mark Bishop, Director of Fundraising at Prostate Cancer UK, said: “We are delighted that AFC Wimbledon are supporting us to help raise awareness of prostate cancer. Between the time it takes for a football fan to walk through the turnstiles, watch the match, get a burger at half time and leave the ground, two men would have died from prostate cancer somewhere in the UK.

“On the day our team of volunteers will be out on force shaking buckets outside the ground. All funds raised from the day will be ploughed back and invested into crucial medical research and our support services, so that we can help even more people affected by this disease.”

 .Prostate Cancer UK websiteSupporters will be able to make a contribution to the bucket collection or they can donate via the 

Football fans are also being encouraged to represent their club and sign up for the Prostate Cancer UK Total Football Cycle. The challenge will see fans, players and club officials from across The Football League take to the saddle for a unique two day "Total Football" themed, 155 mile challenge from London to Amsterdam, for the 250,000 men living with prostate cancer across the UK.

Former England, Watford and AC Milan Striker, Luther Blissett has signed up for the challenge.

 . Prostate Cancer cycle rideSupporters can find more details about this and sign-up for the event by clicking on 

Prostate Cancer UK asks cyclists to raise a minimum of £1,000.  The registration fee is £149. Spaces are limited to 20 places per club.

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