We’re very excited to announce a two-season charity partnership with iconic Championship club Fulham FC.
Hot on the heels of our successful 2013/14 season sponsoring Millwall, and in tandem with our long-term partnership with The Football League, we’re now teaming up with the oldest professional club in London.
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 us to confront prostate cancer.
The club kicked-off the partnership with a pre-match photo opportunity before their clash against Watford last Friday, involving our Director of Fundraising Mark Bishop and Fulham representatives.
Through events planned across the 2014/15 and 2015/16 campaigns, Fulham FC will engage with its supporters to help raise awareness and funds. Some of the fundraising activities, such as the Craven Cottage 10K run on February 8, will help support the Fulham FC Foundation in their aim to build better lives through sport. In last year’s event more than 100 runners pounded along the banks of the River Thames and over iconic bridges. This season money raised from the run will be split between Prostate Cancer UK and FFCF.
Fulham supporters will also be encouraged to complete a survey about their knowledge of prostate cancer between now and the end of the 2015/16 campaign, in a bid to build a complete picture of how clued up fans are about the disease.
The club will also continue its affiliation with local children’s hospice charity Shooting Star Chase as their regional partner.
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. 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 logo 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, 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.”
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 counterparts will saddle up for the London to Amsterdam Cycle Challenge in June.