The new football season may be well underway, and league tables are starting to take shape up and down the country, but I wanted to take a moment to thank your publication and your readers for getting behind my 400-mile March for Men in June and for supporting Prostate Cancer UK.
I’m immensely proud to have completed this challenge for Prostate Cancer UK, a charity incredibly close to my heart. It was an amazing journey, all the way from Exeter City to Newcastle United with some amazing local support and the raucous welcome from the Geordie supporters as I made the final steps into St James’ Park is something I’ll never forget.
It was great to see so many people come out and support me on my way, many of whom had seen your coverage about what we are trying to achieve - to stop prostate cancer being a killer.
Over two years I’m proud to have raised more than £800,000 for this brilliant charity, from Hartlepool to Wembley, and now Exeter to Newcastle, through footballing hotbeds, up hills and down dales with an amazing cast of friends old and new, celebrity and civilian but united with one aim, to tame this dreadful disease.
The amazing walkers who had their own individual and inspirational reasons for marching kept me going even when I was aching all over. It made me realise how important every step was to raise money to support men and their families living with the disease, but also to fund the vital research required to revolutionise the way we diagnose and treat prostate cancer.
With this in mind, when I was recently nominated as Celebrity Fundraiser of the Year by Just Giving, I was keen to point out that this was a nomination for every single person that supported me along the way, and still is. Voting is still open at justgiving.com/awards/2017/voting if you want to make our March for Men the winner or if you want to get a badge like mine and find out about the charity’s continued work in football visit prostatecanceruk.org/whostheman.
It’s great to see so much unity in the sport, my sport. I’m very aware there are so many worthy causes to support and to have your backing is very special. Thanks again for your interest in my story, and for your continued support of Prostate Cancer UK’s mission to stop prostate cancer being a killer; it’s very much appreciated by me, the charity and every family who have been affected by this disease.
If we can save just one life in your area it will have been worth it.