PAUL Parker will be putting his body on the line to raise funds for Prostate Cancer UK this summer.
The former QPR defender will be following in the footsteps of his old team-mate Les Ferdinand by cycling 145-miles to the Dutch capital to help fight a disease which kills one man every 45 minutes – that’s two men during a football match.
Ferdinand completed the challenge in 2017, and Parker said: “I’ll check in with Les - I'm sure he'll give me some good advice.”
Parker said it was the alarming stats around the disease which has led to him getting his cycling gear on, admitting: “I'm normally one of those people who thinks 'what will be will be' but hearing the stats about prostate cancer shocked me.
“Prostate cancer affects one in eight men in the UK and that stat worsens to one in four if you are a black man, which really brought things home.
“Thinking about the amount of football I've watched this year and equating that to one man dying every 45 minutes, that's shocking. And that's why I signed up for this great cause.
“This will be the first time I've done anything of this magnitude too.
“It's going to be tough, but I'm really looking forward to it, and knowing the money raised by all the riders will go towards stopping prostate cancer being a killer is all the motivation I need.”
The ride is taking place from 7th – 9th June, and you can learn more about it here.
To support Paul’s fund-raising directly, click here.