Teenagers aim to give cancer the boot

Making a difference - from left,  Adam Brammar, Cyril Farrar, James Fowler, George Hargreaves, Charlie Gregory, Billy Cale and Daniel Probert are just seven of the 24 Sixth Form Tadcaster Grammar School students who will be holding a five hour football marathon to raise awareness of prostate cancer and boost funds for Prostate Cancer UK - Photo by Wendy Binns
Making a difference - from left, Adam Brammar, Cyril Farrar, James Fowler, George Hargreaves, Charlie Gregory, Billy Cale and Daniel Probert are just seven of the 24 Sixth Form Tadcaster Grammar School students who will be holding a five hour football marathon to raise awareness of prostate cancer and boost funds for Prostate Cancer UK - Photo by Wendy Binns
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A team of football crazy teenagers are hoping to be on target with their fundraising later this month.

The 24 Tadcaster Grammar School Sixth Form students are to field a five-hour soccer marathon on February 20 to raise money to help beat prostate cancer.

This is the second year that Charlie Gregory and James Fowler have organised this event which also helps raise awareness of the condition.

“We decided it was the best charity to raise money for, because it is a cancer not many men are willing to acknowledge as they think it is an awkward subject,” said Charlie.

The duo first got the idea when Cyril Farrar, another of the players, mentioned it would be fun to do a long football game over the holiday.

James immediately decided it was a good idea and that it would be great if it was for charity.

So, Charlie and James wasted no time and within a week the lads had made all the arrangements.

Deciding to donate the money to Prostate Cancer UK was an easy decision.

Daniel Probert, another team member, addedng: “There is just not enough awareness.

“We all know about breast cancer and lung cancer which are huge killers, but prostate cancer will impact on the lives of one in eight men nationally and it is the biggest killer of men in the UK,” he stressed.

Hoping to repeat the success of last year’s event and better it is the aim of the game.

The boys raised nearly £300 in 2014, but are already well on their way to beating that total and hopefully surpassing it big time.

“Now that we have a JustGiving page we are expecting to make much more, so please donate generously and help us smash last year’s total,” said James.

Donations can be made by visiting https://www.justgiving.com/5hourfootball/

While the football marathon took place at the School last time, this year the lads are taking to the pitches on Tadcaster Ings from 8am to 4pm.

Charlie added: “Please come down and cheer us on and together we can score big time and help Prostate Cancer UK to raise the profile of this killer disease.”