Fulham Football Club is delighted to announce today two charity partnerships with Prostate Cancer UK and local children’s hospice charity Shooting Star Chase for the next two seasons.
As part of the partnership Fulham Football Club (FFC) and the Fulham Football Club Foundation (FFCF) will join Men United and stand side by side with Prostate Cancer UK, the Club’s national partner, to confront a disease that kills one man every hour. It will also continue its affiliation with Shooting Star Chase, which cares for 650 families in London and Surrey, as the Club’s regional partner.
The Club and its Foundation will kick-off their support ahead of this evening’s televised clash against Watford with a pre-match photo opportunity involving representatives from all three organisations to officially launch the partnerships.
Through a structured programme and key events planned across the 2014/15 and 2015/16 campaigns, Fulham FC will engage with its supporters to help raise awareness and funds as well as endorsing the valued work carried out in the community by both Prostate Cancer UK and Shooting Star Chase.
Some of the fundraising activities planned, kicking-off on February 8th with the Craven Cottage 10K run, will help support the Fulham FC Foundation in their aim to build better lives through sport.
Last year more than 100 runners took in the picturesque pathways along the banks of the River Thames and crossed several iconic bridges. This season money raised from the event will be split between Prostate Cancer UK and FFCF.
Steven Day, Chief Executive Officer, for the Fulham Football Club Foundation, said: "Fulham FC Foundation is delighted to announce our continued partnership with Shooting Star Chase. I am also thrilled to add our new National Charity Partner, Prostate Cancer UK. Our three charities will work closely together over the next two seasons and we look forward to engaging with our fans over this time."
Mark Bishop, Director of Fundraising for Prostate Cancer UK, said: “This is a wonderful opportunity to continue our groundbreaking work within the beautiful game standing side by side with one of the country’s most iconic clubs.
“Men United is about men joining together to fight a common opponent – prostate cancer. One man dies every hour from this disease but it’s been proven by taking this issue to terraces up and down the land that we are starting to make a difference.
“The power of sport – and in this case football – has helped us reach out to men and their friends and families, and by wearing our Man of Men on their numbers this season, Fulham’s players have already started to play their part.
“With an exciting programme of activities set for the next two seasons, including the Craven Cottage 10k run in February, we want to have a lasting impact on and off the pitch and supporting the 250,000 men living with prostate cancer in the UK.”
David Burland, Chief Executive at Shooting Star CHASE, said: “We are delighted to have the support of Fulham FC for another two seasons. Whether lives are measured in days, weeks, months or years we aim to make every moment count for local children and their families going through unimaginable circumstances. Fulham Football Club has played a crucial role in helping us raise vital funds for our care service since our partnership began in 2012 and we’re excited about keeping the team together for the future.”
More details on the Craven Cottage 10k will be announced later this month and a number of further fundraising activities will be announced during the season.
These will include a Men United match day at a first team fixture at Craven Cottage in Spring with proceeds going to Prostate Cancer UK, while Fulham and their Football League contemporaries will saddle up for the London to Amsterdam Cycle Challenge in June raising money for Prostate Cancer UK (see http://prostatecanceruk.org/amsterdam for more details). The Club will be looking to organise another All Stars match at Craven Cottage in May with proceeds split between Shooting Star Chase and Fulham FC Foundation.
Notes to Editors
About Prostate Cancer UK:
Prostate Cancer UK fights to help more men survive prostate cancer and enjoy a better quality of life. We support men and provide vital information. We find answers by funding research into causes and treatments. And we lead change, raising the profile of the disease and improving care. We believe that men deserve better.
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in men in the UK. Over 40,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year. Every hour one man dies from prostate cancer. One in four Black men will develop prostate cancer at some point in their lives.
Anyone with concerns about prostate cancer can contact Prostate Cancer UK's Specialist Nurses in confidence on 0800 074 8383 or via the online 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 on Wednesdays.
About Men United:
Men United v Prostate Cancer is our call for men to join together in a movement against the common enemy of prostate cancer. The aim is to build a united front of men against this disease.
We want to get the message out about the cancer that kills ten thousand men in the UK every year, support men affected by it, and intensify the search for more reliable tests and treatments for the future.
Men and women are being asked to sign for Men United by visiting: http://menunited.prostatecanceruk.org/ where they can also test their health knowledge by taking a quick quiz.
Whether they’ve been diagnosed or are simply concerned about prostate cancer, men can find out about the disease at www.prostatecanceruk.org.
About The Football League’s Official Charity Partnership with Prostate Cancer UK:
With 250,000 men – enough to fill Craven Cottage more than nine and half times over - living with the disease in the UK, the partnership will help to increase awareness of the disease and help raise funds so that more men survive it and enjoy a better quality of life.
Prostate Cancer UK – the Official Charity Partner of The Football League – aims to reach millions of football supporters through engagement activity across football grounds to raise awareness of the disease which now affects 1 in 8 men in the UK, that's a death rate of 10,000 deaths a year.
The distinctive Prostate Cancer UK Man of Men logo is featured in the numbers on the back of every Football League player’s shirt this season - the first time ever that a charity’s logo has been included by a domestic league on every player’s strip.
As well as raising awareness of the disease, the official partnership will help to raise funds so that more men survive it and enjoy a better quality of life. Men United aims to galvanise the football community and inspire a movement for change in men’s health to win the battle against prostate cancer once and for all.
Shooting Star Chase:
Shooting Star Chase is a leading children’s hospice charity caring for babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions, and their families.
Whether lives are measured in days, weeks, months or years, we are here to make every moment count. We support families from diagnosis to end of life and throughout bereavement with a range of nursing, practical, emotional and medical care.
Our bespoke support is free of charge to families and available 365 days a year. Our care service includes short breaks at our two hospices (Shooting Star House in Hampton and Christopher’s in Guildford), Hospice at Home, day care, symptom management, end-of-life care, bereavement care and a comprehensive range of therapies and support groups for the whole family.
It costs £9.5 million a year just to maintain our current level of care and, with around 10% of our income coming from government funding, we rely on our supporters’ generosity to keep the service running. What’s more, we know there are many more families desperate for our vital support, so it’s crucial we raise more funds to provide more care.
Fulham Football Club Foundation:
Fulham Football Club Foundation is a leading community sport charity that aims to build better lives through sport. We use the power of sport to deliver a variety of inspiring education, health, disability, social inclusion and football programmes in our community.
As the Club's own registered charity, we have played a key role in our community for over 20 years, employing over 100 full-time, part-time and sessional staff based from our Motspur Park office.
Our work aims to 'build better lives through sport' and we continue to pioneer innovative, engaging and inspiring programmes for many hard to reach and disadvantaged young people in our community.
Using the significant expertise of our staff, the exciting and engaging Fulham Football Club brand, alongside our committed and supportive players, our programmes consistently achieve amazing outcomes. We have seen increased participation in high-quality sport, an improvement in health and well-being of participants, which contributes to a reduction in youth crime and anti-social behaviour.
Our achievements are impressive and include some of the following highlights:
• On average, we engage over 6,000 young people each and every month of the year in a variety of different programmes and activities.
• We pioneered the first accredited football business enterprise project in London, using Fulham FC to inspire and educate young people about the challenging world of business.
• Our flagship volunteering programme engages over 200 young people from diverse backgrounds. As a result, we became the first professional sports club in the UK to achieve the 'Investing in Volunteering' accreditation, demonstrating our commitment and expertise in volunteering.
• We continue to be at the forefront of Down's syndrome football in the United Kingdom with our team, the Fulham Badgers, representing us in tournaments both at home and abroad throughout the year.
• Having piloted Kickz, a project that aims to create stronger communities by developing the skills of young people, this initiative continues to be one of our core projects.
Fulham Football Club Foundation was ‘Highly Commended’ in the Best Football Community Scheme category at the Football Business Awards 2013.