Cancer care experts GenesisCare today announced they will be the exclusive sponsor of Jeff Stelling’s Football March for Prostate Cancer UK, on Sunday 17 September 2023.
Jeff Stelling, the legendary former Sky Sports broadcaster, who hosted the iconic TV show Soccer Saturday for more than two decades before retiring last season, will lead a special one-day fundraising marathon march from Wembley to High Wycombe in tribute to fellow broadcaster and Wycombe Wanderers fan, Bill Turnbull, who sadly died from prostate cancer in August last year. Nearly 400 people will join Jeff, with a goal to raise £200k in total.
As a specialist cancer care provider with 14 treatment centres throughout the UK, sponsoring this event teams GenesisCare with Prostate Cancer UK as they both promote the importance of early diagnosis of prostate cancer – a disease which affects 1 in 8 men in the UK, giving more options for advanced treatments such as radiotherapy, and better life outcomes.
Jeff, who sported Prostate Cancer UK’s iconic ‘Man of Men’ badge on Soccer Saturday each and every week before signing off for the final time on May 28, has helped raise over £1.5m for this leading men’s health charity, and immeasurably increased awareness about the most common cancer in men, with a series of epic marathon marches since 2016.
He will be joined on this, his 34th walking marathon by Laura Kerby, CEO of Prostate Cancer UK, doctors, employees from GenesisCare, representatives from Bill Turnbull’s family and those of Wycombe Wanderers FC, as well as hundreds of football fans marching to Adams Park, the home of Wycombe Wanderers, raising money to help save men’s lives.
Jeff Stelling said: “I’m excited that GenesisCare are supporting Prostate Cancer UK’s Football March – and delighted to hear their team will be joining me and almost 400 others as we walk from Wembley Stadium to Wycombe in memory of the legendary Bill Turnbull.
“Since 2016, I’ve walked across the UK, meeting so many people affected by prostate cancer. I’ve heard heart-breaking stories and heart-warming ones too, but sadly this disease remains far too common. I’m still shocked prostate cancer affects one in eight men, that’s unacceptable.”
Prostate Cancer UK Chief Executive, Laura Kerby, a West Ham fan and keen walker is happy to see the charity joining forces with the UK’s leading specialist cancer care provider. She said: “We’re delighted that GenesisCare are sponsoring Jeff Stelling’s Football March and will be joining us on our biggest ever day of walking.
“GenesisCare already play a key role in prostate cancer care for men in the UK. Teaming up with them will allow us to reach and support more men, providing greater awareness for the disease and the treatment options available and ultimately improving the outcomes for men affected by prostate cancer. We’ll be walking side by side with the GenesisCare team on September 17 and hope this is just the start of a long-term strategic partnership with them.”
GenesisCare General Manager, Justin Hely, a Spurs fan, said “As experts in cancer care we know first-hand how vital an early diagnosis and access to the most advanced cancer treatments is in delivering improved outcomes for men with prostate cancer. That’s why we’re working with Prostate Cancer UK and Jeff to encourage men to be proactive, be vigilant and take charge of their health today, for a healthier tomorrow.”
On September 17 2023, Stelling will set off from the home of football, Wembley Stadium, en route to Buckinghamshire and the picturesque Adams Park, home of the League One Wycombe Wanderers to complete a 26 mile march to help save men’s lives. Find out more about Jeff Stelling’s Football March here: prostatecanceruk.org/get-involved/football-march