guard and founder of Non-League Day urges people to attend matches
Cancer UK official charity partner of the day
takes place across the country on 7 October
will return for an eighth consecutive season on Saturday 7th October 2017. With
England playing on 8 October and no Premier League or Championship games
scheduled, the date provides a platform for clubs to promote the importance of
volunteer-led community football, while empowering fans to show support for
their local non-League side.
The annual event
will see football clubs from across the non-league pyramid encouraged to raise
awareness of the disease and money for Prostate
Day team have been working with leading men’s health charity Prostate Cancer UK
since 2014, and supporters are being encouraged to use their weekend off to get
behind their local side.
James Doe, who is
a Waterloo based guard with South Western Railway (SWR), is founder of
Non-League Day and said:
“When I found out that FirstGroup and South Western
Railway also work in partnership with Prostate Cancer UK, I got in touch to see
if we could work together to promote Non-League Day to help raise thousands of
pounds for the charity.
“Teams in several
key towns on the SWR network will be hosting games and my recommendations would
be the matches at Corinthian Casuals (Tolworth), Metropolitan Police (Thames
Ditton), Woking, Basingstoke Town, Salisbury and Weymouth to name just six.”
South Western Railway’s Managing Director said:
“We are very proud of James and
the unstinting work he does in his spare time to raise funds for Prostate
Cancer UK through Non-League Day.
UK has been FirstGroup’s employee-voted charity of choice since 2012 with a
three year objective of raising £1m to help stop this disease being a killer.”
founded the day in 2010, it has gone from strength to strength thanks to his
hard work and the work of the Non-League team, and I would certainly encourage
more fans to attend games and more clubs to take part in the day to show their
support for this very deserving charity.”
Director of Fundraising at Prostate Cancer UK, said:
“The power of football
consistently helps us reach out to men and their friends and families, and we
are very grateful to James, South Western Railway and FirstGroup for the
continued backing as we continue to raise money and awareness throughout the
grassroots game in innovative ways.
delighted once again that non-league fans will join the fight against prostate
cancer and raise vital funds for Prostate Cancer UK. The money raised by clubs
and their fantastic fans will fund ground-breaking research to help fight the
disease. That will help us provide dedicated support and information to men and
their families affected by this disease. We thank everyone involved for joining
To find out
more and to discover which games are taking place locally, details are
available on the Non-League Day website at: www.nonleagueday.co.uk
Fans can also
show their support and get a Prostate Cancer UK ‘Man of Men’ pin badge to wear
with pride on Non-League Day. All they need to do is text BADGE to 70004 to
Donate £5. Texts cost £5 plus the normal network charge (obtain bill payers
permission) and the charity receives 100% of the donation. www.prostatecanceruk.org/whostheman for more details.
About Non-League Day
Non-League Day was set up in 2010 with the aim of boosting
attendances at non-league grounds across the country on an international
weekend when the country’s top clubs have the week off. The event has become a
well-established part of the football calendar and is now in its fifth year.
League and Championship clubs and their players often promote matches at
neighbouring non-league clubs, with many offering special events and incentives
to get extra people in.
About Prostate Cancer UK
Prostate Cancer UK has a simple ambition – to
stop men dying from prostate cancer.
As the number of men diagnosed with prostate
cancer continues to rise (making it the most common of all cancers by 2030),
now is the time to take control. Through shifting the science over the next 10
years to focus on radical improvements in diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and
support, we will stop prostate cancer being a killer.
Ignoring prostate cancer won’t beat it, so join
Key Headline Statistics
More than 11,000 men die from prostate cancer in
the UK each year – that's one man every 45 minutes.
It’s the most common cancer in men, with over
330,000 living with and after the disease in the UK.
Prostate cancer is set to become the most
commonly diagnosed cancer of all in the UK by 2030 - which is why we must all
act now to curb its power to kill.
Men over 50, black men and men with a family
history of prostate cancer all face a higher than average risk of the disease.
Prostate cancer treatment often causes
devastating, long term side-effects. Incontinence and erectile
dysfunction strike at the heart of what it means to be a man
Anyone with concerns about prostate cancer may
contact Prostate Cancer UK's Specialist Nurses in confidence on 0800 074 8383
or online via the Live Chat instant messaging service: www.prostatecanceruk.org. The Specialist Nurse phone service is free to
landlines and open from 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday with late opening until 8pm
Visit prostatecanceruk.org now to help beat this disease.