OUR charity partner Prostate Cancer UK have joined forces with seven other cancer charities to take part in 'Cancer Deadline Day' and they're calling on Rangers fans to help in the fight against cancer - by making a donation to help charities tackling the disease.
Launched on January 4th 2021, Cancer Deadline Day is a vital new fixture in the football calendar, as the sport joins forces to raise vital funds for a consortium of eight cancer charities.
Transfer Deadline Day is one of the biggest days of the year for football fans and the British media. It is a day like no other as clubs throughout the country spend millions of pounds on signing new players before the transfer window closes for several months.
This transfer window, Cancer Deadline Day is calling on all fans, players, clubs and legends of the game to help give cancer the boot.
Football fan bases will compete to get their club to the top of the giving table by raising the most amount of money by the end of deadline day on February 1st. To make a donation, fans can back their team through a club-specific donation page, powered by JustGiving, and select any amount. They will also be encouraged to nominate five other fans on social.
Cancer Deadline Day will benefit a consortium of eight cancer charities, each of whom will receive a split of money raised.
Alongside Prostate Cancer UK, the other seven charities are: Breast Cancer Now, CLIC Sargent, Macmillan Cancer Support, Pancreatic Cancer UK, The Ruth Strauss Foundation, Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and Teenage Cancer Trust.
Tracey Pritchard, Director of Fundraising & Supporter Engagement at Prostate Cancer UK, said: “We’re delighted to sign up for Cancer Deadline Day alongside so many great organisations, helping to raise crucial awareness and vital funds for Prostate Cancer UK and the wider cancer community.
“One man dies from prostate cancer every 45 minutes in the UK, shockingly that’s two men during every game of football. More than 47,500 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year - that’s two and a half times the capacity of QPR’s ground. And it’s now also the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the UK.
“We want to shape a better future for men and their loved ones, but we still have so much work to do. Teaming up with QPR and working with Cancer Deadline Day this January will help in our quest.”
Covid-19 has had a huge direct impact on people living with cancer, as well as on the vital fundraising for charities that support them.
New research by Macmillan Cancer Support estimates there are 50,000 ‘missing diagnoses’ for cancer across the UK, because of the disruption caused by Covid-19, while at least 33,000 fewer people across the UK started treatment in 2020, compared to 2019. This backlog of undiagnosed cancer could take 18 months just to tackle in England alone.
The January transfer window is now open and runs until Transfer Deadline Day on 1st February 2021.
To make a donation, please visit www.cancerdeadlineday.org Thank you for your support.