Cliftonville Football Club looks forward to welcoming Jeff Stelling to Solitude as part of a special charity walk later this year.
The Sky Sports presenter’s March For Men challenge in aid of Prostate Cancer UK will bring him to Belfast on September 6, with dates in Glasgow, Cardiff and London plotted either side of his Irish League sojourn.
Stelling has already completed 25 walking marathons for the leading men’s health charity in 2016 and 2017, raising close to £800,000, and aims to march through the £1m fundraising barrier in this latest installment.
After kicking his day off at Seaview, he will visit the home of Ireland’s Oldest Football Club before trekking to The Oval and then Windsor Park – and Stelling is urging the public to pull on their walking boots to join him and support the charity in their quest to help stop prostate cancer being a killer.
Over 9,000 men are living with and after prostate cancer in Northern Ireland, emphasising the need to raise awareness and funds.
“It’s three years since I started this life-saving journey at the gates of my club, Hartlepool United, but there is still so much work to do,” said Jeff, who regularly wears the Prostate Cancer UK Man of Men pin badge on Soccer Saturday.
“Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, with one man dying every 45 minutes from this disease. That’s unacceptable, and that’s why I’m walking again.
“It’s an indiscriminate disease, affecting men and their loved ones across the UK. I’ve walked alongside many of them and am proud to call some friends.
“Their reaction and positive outlook despite being dealt the toughest of hands is simply unbelievable. I’m marching for them – and everyone affected – in a bid to fund the research to change the game.
“That’s why I’m taking our walk across into Northern Ireland and would love the public to join me en route.”
Now in its third year, Prostate Cancer UK’s March for Men series has grown bigger with 10 organised walks including returns to Bristol, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester and Nottingham and new walks in Belfast, Birmingham and Cardiff.
Prostate Cancer UK Chief Executive Angela Culhane, who has walked more than 130 miles alongside Stelling across the 2016 and 2017 March for Men events, said: “We’re thrilled that Jeff’s amazing journey will continue this year and are incredibly excited he will be spearheading our drive to raise awareness and funds for vital research.
“By visiting Glasgow, Belfast, Cardiff and London and walking to some of the country’s iconic stadia alongside fans and people affected by prostate cancer, Jeff’s epic challenge will extend our footprint in football, and prove again the power that sport can have in breaking down barriers and shaping tangible change.”
To sign up and join Jeff or to find out more information about the March for Men programme, go to marchformen.org.