Prostate Cancer

Brentford FC support Prostate Cancer Awareness

I was delighted to hear that my friends at Brentford Football Club have like Gillingham been keen to support the EFL partners at Prostate Cancer. There have, in fact, been several initiatives throughout the year and I am pleased to note them.

Great work from all at Brentford. Thanks and respect!

The EFL is teaming up with Prostate Cancer UK for another season to fight the most common cancer in men through football.

This season hundreds of volunteers will be collecting money outside stadiums up and down the country for Prostate Cancer UK. Join the team at Griffin Park on Saturday 3 March when we face Cardiff City to raise vital funds and awareness of the disease and receive a free ticket to the match in return.

1 in 8 men will get prostate cancer, while the odds for black men are just 1 in 4. That means that one man dies every 45 minutes from prostate cancer in the UK; over 11,000 men per year. In context ….. a pretty average home game attendance at Griffin Park.

This is a hugely important cause; earlier this season we learnt Peter Gilham, the voice of Brentford, who has graced our matchday microphone for the past 49 years, had been diagnosed with prostate cancer. Thankfully it was caught early and Bees fans showed their loyalty and support by raising £1,500 for Prostate Cancer UK, along with making a massive flag which was unveiled at the beginning of the season.

Here, Peter swaps the microphone for a pen to tell us why everyone’s support meant so much to him and how fans can continue to back him and Prostate Cancer UK.

Being the matchday announcer at Brentford is, apart from my wife, the greatest love of my life. I’d say most people have got red blood, but the blood in my veins is red and white; it’s something I live for.

When I was diagnosed with prostate cancer, I can’t tell you how humbled I was by the amount of support I received. I’ve followed Brentford since I was seven years old and I’ve seen over 2,800 Brentford games over the years, so I consider Griffin Park my second home, and everyone here – the staff, players and fans as my family.

The moment I announced my diagnosis, it just took off. I had messages from fans, players past and present, managers from around the country and from people who’ve also been affected by prostate cancer. It was just amazing. Then they held a collection for Prostate Cancer UK, and then came the enormous flag…

The day the flag was shown at Griffin Park for the first time was immense. I keep using this word, but the support I’ve had and continue to have from everybody is totally humbling. To see the flag on show at the ground, in the back of one of the stands on the far side helps me to stay so positive – it really does mean a lot.

The club have also been brilliant; I couldn’t ask for better employers and in the summer they’ll also be getting involved in Prostate Cancer UK’s Football March for Men, following on from Jeff Stelling’s incredible efforts over the last couple of years. On July 22 football fans from across London will all be marching towards Wembley to converge at the home of English football, and Griffin Park is one of the stops en route.

The charity is asking fans to put their rivalries aside, and I couldn’t agree more. It doesn’t matter whether you wear red and white, blue and white, or black and white, but it’s what’s in your heart, and the reason you’re there is the important thing. People forget about their rivalries when it comes to these things.

At Griffin Park we normally get a crowd of about ten thousand and so there could 1,250 people here who may have prostate cancer. Those kinds of figures are startling, and the reason we need fans to join together and take action.

So I’d say to anyone thinking of taking part in one of these marathon marches, or indeed cycling or making a giant flag, whatever it is, keep doing what you’re doing; it’s so important and you’ve got my full backing.

If you’re interested in joining one of the marches and putting your best foot forward, then visit Prostate Cancer UK’s website at www.prostatecanceruk.org/marchformen to find out more

But what does it mean? Prostate Cancer UK’s “Man of Men” represents everyone who wants to stop prostate cancer being a killer. Meet Kevin and Lloyd, two inspirational men, living with incurable prostate cancer who are doing everything they can to raise money to beat a disease killing one man every 45 minutes in the UK.

HUNDREDS RAISED AT B TEAM GAME

Bees fans donate to Prostate Cancer UK

Almost £1,000 was raised for charity as Brentford B beat Anderlecht last week. Griffin Park played host to a special fixture last Friday, 13 April, as Brentford B beat their Belgian visitors 4-0. The Brentford Lifeline Society exhibition match was the latest prestige friendly for Brentford B and money was raised for Prostate Cancer UK. A total of 567 fans turned up to watch the match and £874.02 was donated on the night.

Upon entry to the match on Friday, spectators were given an envelope to place a donation that also entered them in to a prize draw. Eight prize winners were chosen from those that donated and watched The Bees win thanks to a brace from captain Bradley Clayton and further goals from Reece Cole and Nikolaj Kirk

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