Aled’s march of support

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A Blades fan has taken part in a marathon march through the region, in support of those living with prostate cancer.

Aled Jones, of High Green, joined an army of men on a 22 mile march from Rotherham United’s football ground, passing Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United, to Chesterfield FC.

Aled decided to join the Men United March, led by television presenter Jeff Stelling, after members of his own family were diagnosed with the disease.

Aled said: “We have to try and beat prostate cancer; I didn’t appreciate how many people are affected by it until I started this.

“I’m delighted to be raising awareness and much needed money to help the fight against prostate cancer.

Jeff, who presents Gillette Soccer Saturday for Sky Sports, clocked up more than 250 miles on the Men United March last week, which saw him visit 31 football clubs - the equivalent of ten marathons in ten days.

Aled joined Jeff on Day 4 of the march, along with a number of other football fans who turned out to support the march at various legs.

Speaking ahead of the march, Jeff said: “I deal in statistics – but the ones we are dealing with here are shocking. One man dies every hour from this disease, that’s six in the course of Soccer Saturday every week. One in eight men will get prostate cancer, and for black men the odds are even worse at one in four.

“Prostate cancer is not discerning. It doesn’t just hit the bad guys; it’s the good guys as well. I’ve got great friends who have been affected by prostate cancer and I’m sure I’ll be meeting more men like them along the way.

Visit www.justgiving.com/Aled-Williams9 to donate to Aled’s cause.