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One week until Football to Amsterdam charity bike ride for Prostate Cancer UK

2 June 2017

Men United riders can’t be ignored as charity fights back against killer disease...

Four riders from Scunthorpe United will be joining the fight against prostate cancer by taking part in this year’s Football to Amsterdam cycling challenge for Prostate Cancer UK as the charity aims to raise half a million pounds.

From Friday, June 9, 2017 Nick Daws (First Team Coach), Adam Grice (Assistant Club Secretary), Marie Grice and Hayley Grice will be pounding the pedals from Barnsley’s Oakwell Stadium to Amsterdam to support the leading men’s health charity against a disease that kills one man every hour. 

Prostate Cancer UK, the Official Charity Partner of the EFL, will stage its fifth annual football fundraiser from 9-11 June 2017 – prostatecanceruk.org/amsterdam. One group of riders will roll out of London from the iconic Olympic Park’s Velodrome, while the other group will kick off at Barnsley FC’s Oakwell Stadium. 

The money raised will help ‘shift the science’ and crack the three core issues of diagnosis, treatment and prevention which have been left unsolved for too long. It will also help provide support and information to those affected by the disease. 

From the initial event in 2013 with a small group of 35 riders, to a total fundraising tally which smashed through the £1m mark last year thanks to a biggest ever peloton; the football-themed cycling challenge has proved a phenomenal success throughout its five years. 

This year 400 football fans, staff and legends of the game will be embarking on the epic pedal-pilgrimage of 145 miles cycling over two days, all raising money to stop prostate cancer being a killer.

Football to Amsterdam is more than a ride for Adam Grice, who was inspired to complete the hat-trick for Prostate Cancer UK after Scunthorpe United developed a close working relationship with the EFL’s official charity partner. 

Adam said: “Ignoring prostate cancer won’t beat it, so I joined the fight by signing up to take on the Football to Amsterdam ride. 

“I decided to ride for Prostate Cancer UK because it is a charity that needs help to be in the public eye more and more. Not many people are aware of prostate cancer and the charity. However, their profile is raising due to the excellent partnership they have with the Football League. It is a privilege just to be able to say I have contributed one way or another to helping Prostate Cancer UK with fundraising or by raising their profile.

“As this is my third year of taking on the challenge, I feel that I have been able to make a small but significant impact to the charity with their fundraising. Currently over the three year period I have raised just short of £8,000 for the charity, however, that is just a minor percentage of their grand total due to the excellent work of other individuals and clubs both inside and out of the EFL pyramid.” 
 
Adam added: “As a team of four this year, we have raised a significant amount of money for Prostate Cancer UK. Between myself, Nick, Marie and Hayley the total raised amount for 2017 stands at just short of £5,100 which is by far our most successful fundraising year to date.”

James Beeby, Director of Fundraising at Prostate Cancer UK, said: “We’re delighted that Scunthorpe United has decided to join the fight against prostate cancer and ride to raise vital funds for Prostate Cancer UK. 

“Ignoring prostate cancer will not beat it, and the money raised by our fantastic riders 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. 

“Our amazing cast of riders from across the UK show a brilliant demonstration of what we call Men United: people joining one team to fight a common opposition – prostate cancer. 

“One man every hour dies from prostate cancer; it’s the most common cancer in men, but we want to make prostate cancer a disease that the next generation of men do not fear. We thank Scunthorpe United for joining the fight and wish them every success in the event.” 

Many people are unaware that prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men. It’s a huge issue that cannot be ignored. In 2016 one man an hour will die from prostate cancer in the UK. That’s 10,900 men this year. Based on current trends, if we ignore prostate cancer and do nothing, this number will rise to over 14,500 men a year by 2026. 
  
People are urged to search Men United and join the fight, and use #F2A to share stories and updates online. 

To sponsor Nick, Adam, Marie and Hayley please visit https://www.justgiving.com/companyteams/ScunthorpeUnitedFC.  

For more information about the ride, visit prostatecanceruk.org/amsterdam or contact the cycling team by calling 020 8222 7158 or emailing cycling@prostatecanceruk.org.


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