England football legends hail March for Men heroes as fundraising hits £1million
A summer of fundraising walks ends with a terrific finale at Wembley Stadium, where Sir Geoff Hurst and Ray Clemence awarded medals to the hundreds who went the marathon-distance in our Football March for Men.
More than 400 rival football fans from all over the UK came together for our marathon-length Football March for Men on Sunday.
Together with our other local March for Men events in 2018, they've helped to raise more than £1 million so far for our life-saving research and support work.
Sunday's marchers set off from West Ham United, Millwall, St Albans City and Sutton United in sweltering temperatures, taking in 15 football clubs before converging on Wembley stadium for a fabulous finale, where World Cup-winner Sir Geoff Hurst and fellow England legend Ray Clemence were waiting with their hard-earned medals.
They marched to the arch!— Prostate Cancer UK (@ProstateUK) July 25, 2018
400 football fans ⚽
15 clubs 🏟️
26.2 miles 👟
£175,000 raised so far 💰
Congratulations to everyone who took part in the Football #MarchforMen on Sunday! To the cheerers, to the clubs and to everyone who marched - thank you. 🙏 pic.twitter.com/3SZc9EX4EX
"It was great to see all those walkers turning up at Wembley," said Sir Geoff, who has seen former international teammates Nobby Stiles and Mike Summerbee affected by the disease. "It was almost like a World Cup final with all the different colours with different teams, and uniting everybody against this terrible disease."
Ray, the former Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper and Prostate Cancer UK ambassador, was also delighted to see the support for a cause so close to his heart too.
"It was terrific to see 15 clubs put their rivalries aside to walk side by side," he said. "It was a brilliant event and one that will really help raise awareness and shape change."
A host of other football stars – including Sir Trevor Brooking, Pat Jennings, Carlton Cole and Andy Sinton – turned out during the day to show their support, alongside comedian Tim Vine and actors Blake Harrison and Phil Daniels.
The celebrations under the Wembley Arch were a fitting climax to a whole summer of March for Men events, which saw more than 6,200 people join us in fundraising walks across seven UK cities.
Our chief executive, Angela Culhane, who joined the Millwall leg of the Football March for Men, said: "We thank everyone who laced up their boots for us in 2018.
"It’s thanks to them that we can fund more ground-breaking research, provide dedicated support and information to men and their families and make prostate cancer a disease the next generation of men need not fear."