A team of 24 sixth form students from Tadcaster Grammar have completed a five-hour football marathon joining the ranks of Prostate Cancer UK’s Men United movement.
Through their JustGiving page the students raised more than £736 by playing continuous football at Tadcaster Ings last Friday.
Men United is a movement for everyone who believes men are worth fighting for, and by doing this these young men have pledged their support to help beat prostate cancer.
Charlie Gregory and James Fowler were inspired to organise the marathon for Prostate Cancer UK following on from a similar event last year. They felt that it is a cancer not many men are willing to acknowledge, believing it to be an awkward subject.
Fellow team member Daniel Probert said: “There is just not enough awareness. We all know about breast cancer and lung cancer, but prostate cancer is the biggest killer of men in the UK.”
“We decided not only to raise vital funds, but awareness of this killer disease for Prostate Cancer UK. We need to get the message across to men and what better way than through the Men United movement.”
“We are delighted that we took on this challenge to raise awareness and much needed money to help beat prostate cancer and the fact that we smashed our original target of £300 is great,” said Charlie.
“We all found the going quite tough, especially the last hour when our legs felt like jelly, but we were determined to play on.
“We would like to thank all those people who supported us and have donated to this cause and by doing so, we all hope we have managed to get the message across that men are not immune from cancer,” he stressed.
Mark Bishop, Director of Fundraising at Prostate Cancer UK, said: “We would like to thank Tadcaster Grammar School students for raising funds for Prostate Cancer UK. By doing this they have joined Men United, and are helping to make a real difference in furthering the fight against prostate cancer.
“Whatever you do together, big or small, you’ll be helping us push for real change, from more effective testing to better treatments.”
Since it was launched 12 months ago, Men United has caught the imagination, and a new zeal for change in men’s health - with more than 200,000 (and raising) people signing up to pledge support.
Men from all walks of life, from footballers to lawyers and politicians to plumbers, have formed a growing army, raising funds to find the answers for the future through research and supporting men now.
The new movement also lent its backing to a successful campaign to make drugs available to the men with prostate cancer who need them.
People are being urged to search Men United, and sign up.
To help Charlie and James and all those young men at Tadcaster Grammar School continue to raise money please visit https://www.justgiving.com/5hourfootball/ and give generously.