This year’s March for Men will be bigger than ever, as we come to Belfast, Birmingham and Cardiff for the first time, and an old friend joins us for a four-nation marathon challenge.
Today we're launching our March for Men events for 2019, which are coming to ten cities around the UK this summer.
Now in its third year, our flagship walking event has grown rapidly thanks to incredible response we've had from the public. People have come together from all walks of life to raise funds for life-saving research and celebrate those affected by prostate cancer. Since 2016, over 10,000 people have walked with us and raised over £3.3 million.
The ten organised walks across June include return visits to Bristol, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester and Nottingham and new walks in Belfast, Birmingham and Cardiff. The family-friendly (and dog-friendly) walks can be done over 2 km, 5 km and 10 km routes.
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Meanwhile, broadcaster Jeff Stelling will lace up his boots for another epic challenge, and this September will walk a marathon in each of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales in just four days. He'll visit 16 football clubs along the way and is calling for the public to join him. After raising £800,000 from his previous two mega marches, he’s hoping to break the £1 million barrier this year.
"It's three years since I started this life-saving journey at the gates of my club, Hartlepool United, but there is still so much work to do," says Jeff, who regularly wears the Prostate Cancer UK Man of Men pin badge on Soccer Saturday.
"That’s why I'm taking our walk across into four home nations and would love the public to join me along the way. I live in England and work in London but the wonderful work of Prostate Cancer UK stretches into Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, so I will be pounding the pavements in four historic cities – and it wouldn’t be a football march without popping in on some iconic football clubs along the way."
It's not just Jeff who is returning this year – we're welcoming anyone who came along to our previous marches to join us again. One of our supporters, Karen Bonner, attended the past two London March for Men events in memory of her dad, Egbert, and plans to attend again this year.
"Prostate Cancer UK's March for Men was a great experience and, for me, very important. The event gave me time to reflect on my dad and his life. I also found comfort in meeting other people who have also been affected by the disease," she says.
"My message to anyone thinking about taking part in Prostate Cancer UK's March for Men is go out and march in memory of someone that matters to you. Give yourself time to think about them and do something to help men affected by this terrible disease."
If you can't make it to one of our March for Men events, we also offer free fundraising packs if you want to organise your own. Whether you decide to march up a mountain, get your local community behind you, or walk around your local park, we're with you every step of the way.Organise your own March
Our Chief Executive, Angela Culhane, said "We are constantly inspired by the incredible men, women and children who come out to support us, each with their own story and personal challenges to conquer. We will be proud to walk side by side with them and together we can add to the real momentum building in the fight against this disease. The vital next step is to fund more ground-breaking research and find the tools needed for a screening programme, in order to catch more prostate cancers early and save more lives."