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March to Wembley and meet an England World Cup hero

Sign-up for charity walk to the national stadium

13 July 2018

There's still time for AFC Wimbledon supporters to sign-up for a unique challenge that comes with the reward of meeting a true World Cup hero.

Sir Geoff Hurst will welcome AFC Wimbledon fans who walk the long road to Wembley with Prostate Cancer UK. Dons fans marching with Prostate Cancer UK on Sunday 22 July will be presented with medals by the 1966 World Cup winner as they arrive at Wembley.

Over 300 walkers have already signed up to put their best foot forward and combat the most common cancer in men.

If you're interested in signing up to the Football March for Men or would like more information, visit Prostate Cancer UK's website.

For the first time, the number of men dying from prostate cancer every year has overtaken the number of women dying from breast cancer, making prostate cancer the third biggest cancer killer in the UK.

Stepping up to the challenge, the leading men's health charity are still recruiting an army of walkers representing AFC Wimbledon and other clubs from the Premier League, English Football League (EFL) and Non-League in London and the South East in four mega marathon marches.

The Football March for Men will see legions of walkers setting off on the road to Wembley, starting out at St Albans City, Millwall, West Ham United, and Sutton United, before all heading to the home of English football. The march to the arch will take in 15 clubs, including AFC Wimbledon, before the fabulous finale.

Prostate Cancer UK's 'Man of Men' pin badge represents everyone who wants to stop prostate cancer being a killer. It's a badge proudly worn by Sir Geoff Hurst as well as Football Managers and pundits of the game week in week out.

Hurst, who netted a history-making hat-trick against West Germany 52 years ago in the famous 4-2 Wembley win, is urging football fans to get involved with one of the Football March for Men events this summer and help stop prostate cancer being a killer.

He said: "When you first hear the stat that one man dies of prostate cancer every 45 minutes, you realise how big a disease it is and how important it is to continue to raise awareness of it and raise funds for it.

"When people you know very well have prostate cancer, people like Nobby (Stiles), Denis Law, Ray Clemence, it brings it much closer to you. People I've played with and played against on the same field are suffering from it. But it also creates striking awareness for the man on the street too."

The football family has long supported the work of Prostate Cancer UK to help change the game for men and Sir Geoff is looking forward to handing out medals to the weary walkers at the end of the epic event. He added: "I'll be there to meet and greet the people who have put the effort in to do it and just be part of the day, just to say 'thanks and welcome to Wembley'."

"It will be great to see all those walkers turning up at Wembley; it will almost be like a cup final with all the different colours and different teams, everybody uniting against this terrible disease."

"I'm looking forward to seeing it if I get an opportunity to stand out by the Bobby Moore statue and look down Wembley Way and hopefully see them all walking up."

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