Sky Sports presenter Jeff Stelling will be returning to his native North East in March as part of an epic charity walk to tackle prostate cancer.
Jeff, who started his broadcasting career as a Boro reporter on Radio Tees (now TFM) and is a long-standing patron of Middlesbrough Football Club Foundation, will visit the Riverside Stadium on Monday 21 March during the first of ten walking marathons in ten days.
The Men United March sees Jeff travel from boyhood club Hartlepool United to Wembley Stadium. Along the way, the Soccer Saturday host will be joined by a host of famous friends and colleagues, as well as people whose lives have been affected by prostate cancer.
Jeff is raising funds and awareness for Prostate Cancer UK, the Official Charity Partner of the Football League. The ten-day campaign symbolises the charity’s bold aim to tame the disease - which kills 10,000 men every year - within a decade.
Jeff said: “I deal in statistics – but the ones we are dealing with here are shocking. One man dies every hour from this disease, that’s six in the course of Soccer Saturday every week. One in eight men will get prostate cancer, and for black men the odds are even worse at one in four.
“Prostate cancer is not discerning. It doesn’t just hit the bad guys; it’s the good guys as well. I’ve got friends such as Sky Sports rugby league colleagues Bill Arthur and Eddie Hemmings who I have known longer than I care to remember. Both are great guys who have been affected by prostate cancer and I’ll be meeting more men like them along the way.
“That’s why I’ve signed up for this challenge. I’ve run marathons and climbed Kilimanjaro. There were also some nice fundraising opportunities to go and walk on the Great Wall of China or maybe go to Peru, but they sounded too much like jollies to me. I wanted to do something where people could see I was feeling the pain on behalf of a fantastic cause.
“Within the next ten years Prostate Cancer UK believes they will find the answers to make this disease something men and their loved ones no longer fear. I’ve met the scientists who pledge to do this and I can see how dedicated they are. But do to this we need to raise vital funds – and I need everyone to support me and all the men affected by prostate cancer by visiting menunitedmarch.org
and pledging their support.”
Stelling will stop off at 25 football clubs along the route, before an emotional finale along Wembley Way on March 30.
Middlesbrough Football Club will also be helping to promote the work of Prostate Cancer UK for Boro’s home tie with Blackburn Rovers on Saturday 6 February.