Hartlepool United Football Club's much loved mascot, H'Angus the Monkey, has donated £2,500 to Prostate Cancer UK from cash raised from a recent fundraising walk.
H'Angus undertook the challenge as part of the Club's support of Prostate Cancer UK, the Official Charity Partner of The Football League for Season 2012/13.
Kicking off at Hartlepool FC's training ground in Durham the 18 mile trek ended at Victoria Park to the cheers of fans.
Prostate cancer survivor and volunteer, Robin Millman, from Stockton, attended Hartlepool United FC's home match versus Brentfort FC on Saturday 20 April and represented Prostate Cancer UK at an official presentation of the bumper cheque on the pitch during half-time.
Mark Bishop, Director of Fundraising at Prostate Cancer UK, said: "We are thrilled that Hartlepool United FC's mascot, H'Angus the Monkey, aka Michael Evans, decided to take on this challenge to help raise funds and awareness for the charity. Every year, over 40,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer in the UK - and it is a disease which kills one man every hour. Every penny raised will go towards our work supporting men and their families affected by the disease. Our thanks go to out to everyone involved who helped make this challenge possible."
Russ Green, Hartlepool United Chief Executive, said: "We are delighted that H'Angus the Monkey and Hartlepool United have been able to support Prostate Cancer UK in this way.
"H'Angus is always up for doing something out of the ordinary but walking 18 miles in the name of charity was outstanding - it was just a shame the game ended 0-0! I think it's important that we all do our bit to raise money and awareness for Prostate Cancer UK and hope that our efforts will help increase the profile in this region."
Prostate Cancer UK's year-long partnership with The Football League is helping to raise funds, so that more men survive prostate cancer and enjoy a better quality of life. It is also increasing awareness of the disease, which is predicted to become the most common cancer in the UK by 2030.