Robbie Lyle, host of Arsenal Fan TV, hiked between all five Premier League clubs in London on the way to Arsenal's opening game of the season – all to keep a promise he made earlier this year to help stop prostate cancer being a killer. Now he's asking other football fans to follow in his fundraising footsteps.
The larger-than-life front-man of Arsenal Fan TV, Robbie Lyle, kicked off the new Premier League season in style by walking to the Gunners’ first home match via every other top-flight club in London – raising more than £10k for Prostate Cancer UK as he went.
Inspired by our Stronger Knowing More campaign, which aims to raise awareness of the increased risk of prostate cancer in black men, as well as Jeff Stelling's epic 15-day fundraising walk for us back in May, the host of the 20-million monthly viewed YouTube channel completed his own 37-mile March for Men over three days.
Starting off at West Ham United’s London Stadium on Wednesday 9 August, Robbie's opening day saw him stroll more than 12 miles to Selhurst Park, home of Crystal Palace.
Day two took him a further 16.5 miles to Chelsea's Stamford Bridge and then Wembley, temporary home of Tottenham Hotspur. Then it was a nine-mile trek from there on the final day to the Emirates Stadium, home of Robbie's beloved Gunners, arriving in time for the evening kick off of their first game of the season against Leicester City.
During the walk, which was broadcast on Arsenal Fan TV, Robbie was joined by a number of his footballing friends, including Arsenal legend Paul Davis.
Robbie was inspired to do his fundraising walk after attending the high-profile launch of Stronger Knowing More in January, where he personally pledged to help stop prostate cancer being a killer.
"That event was an education for me," he says. "I had no idea how common prostate cancer was, or how it could even affect me – especially as a black man. I went away and felt inspired to do something.
"So, as a man of my word, I put in some training and did my own March for Men, following in the footsteps of the legend that is Jeff Stelling. I’m in awe of what he achieved and it once again proved the power of football in making a mark."
Now Robbie wants others to follow his and Jeff's lead and continue raising funds and awareness of the most common cancer in men.
"You can also organise your own Club to Club walk and raise funds and awareness for Prostate Cancer UK," says Robbie. "Do it right now, get busy!"