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Lancashire Cricket prepares for Prostate Cancer Awareness drive in support of Men's Health Week

Lancashire Cricket prepares for Prostate Cancer Awareness drive in support of Men's Health Week

Lancashire Cricket prepares for Prostate Cancer Awareness drive in support of Men's Health Week

Lancashire Cricket is making final preparations for a special Father’s Day drive to use the power of cricket to raise awareness of prostate cancer and men’s health issues. 

The club will offer prostate-specific antigen (PSA) tests to spectators attending the Vitality Blast (T20) fixture between Lancashire and Notts Outlaws at Emirates Old Trafford this Sunday, the final day of the internationally recognised week-long Men's Health Week. 

The initiative unites Lancashire’s own Foundation with the recently-formed Bob Willis Fund and the Barry Kilby Prostate Cancer Appeal (BKCPA), with all proceeds raised being split equally between the three organisations. 

Ticket holders for the match will be given the opportunity to book a PSA test online, at a time slot of their choice, that will be administered at the stadium on match day. Collections will also take place for the charities on the day and online in the building-up to the match. You can show your support by donating via the button below.

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The event was the brainchild of Lancashire's Director of Cricket, Paul Allott, one of Bob Willis's best friends. He comments: “I’m delighted that we are able to host this hugely important awareness drive in this important week for men’s health issues. Bob was a close friend of mine for the best part of four decades. His death was devastating to everyone who was lucky enough to know him and to millions of cricket fans around the world. I’m thrilled that Lauren and David have launched The Bob Willis Fund and are providing another chapter to Bob’s incredible legacy. We are extremely grateful to the Barry Kilby Prostate Cancer Appeal who do an unbelievable job in raising awareness of this disease and providing testing opportunities for men across the country. Barry is a true inspiration.”   

The Bob Willis Fund was launched last month in honour of the former England cricket captain and much-loved Sky Sports Broadcaster, who was a healthy 66-year-old when he was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer in April 2016. Bob sadly lost his battle with the disease in December 2019 and now his wife, Lauren Clark, and brother, David Willis, have launched a fund to support critical research into the disease, with the hope that a nationally accessible, accurate screening programme may be introduced to save the lives of many men in the future.

Commenting on the joint initiative, Lauren Clark, said: “We’ve been overwhelmed by the reaction since launching Bob’s fund last week and it is already having a huge impact by shining a light on this devastating disease and raising valuable funds. We can never accept Bob was taken so young, but we knew we had to use his legacy to try and prevent other families from suffering like we are. More than 11,500 men die from prostate cancer in the UK each year – that's one man every 45 minutes. This event is another valuable opportunity to raise awareness and provide men with the opportunity to get tested. We thank Emirates Old Trafford, Lancashire Cricket and the Barry Kilby Prostate Cancer Appeal for their support in making this happen.” 

The on-the-day testing will be facilitated by Barry Kilby Prostate Cancer Appeal – founded in 2014 by the former chairman of Burnley FC, after a prostate cancer diagnosis in 2011. The charity host testing event across the UK to help meet their overall goal of saving men's lives with simple PSA blood testing events at local sports grounds. 

Barry Kilby, chair of the prostate cancer appeal in his name, added: “We are delighted to be joining forces with the Lancashire Cricket Foundation and The Bob Willis Fund and add Emirates Old Trafford to our list of testing venues. Unfortunately, there are still no national screening events for prostate cancer, and this is why our services are so important. Early detection is critical in the fight against prostate cancer, and we have been doing everything we can to host testing events across the UK in places we know men will attend, such as sports grounds. We urge all men to test themselves regularly and be vigilant against this deadly disease.”   

The Lancashire Cricket Foundation will also benefit from the proceeds of the event. Established as the official charity of Lancashire Cricket, the foundation works across the North West to develop and deliver a range of projects, programmes and events designed to make a positive difference to the lives of the individuals and communities we engage with through cricket. To find out more about the work https://foundation.lancashirecricket.co.uk/

To make a donation to support the Father’s Day event and support all three charities involved, please visit: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/menshealthday2021

For more information and support regarding prostate cancer please visit www.prostatecanceruk.org.

 
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