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26 September 2012

Please support Prostate Cancer UK

Former England striker Les Ferdinand has urged Cobblers supporters to show their support for their team to help raise vital funds for Prostate Cancer UK this season. 

Ex-Sheffield Wednesday and Crystal Palace striker, Mark Bright, is also calling on fans to get behind  The Road to Wembley initiative that gives supporters the chance of winning a pair of VIP tickets to the play-off finals in May whilst raising funds to help more men survive prostate cancer and enjoy a better quality of life. The VIP experience will include a pre-game, behind-the-scenes tour of Wembley stadium. There are 15 pairs of tickets up for grabs for the npower Football League Championship, npower Football League 1 and npower Football League 2 Play-Offs.

To enter the competition all fans need to do is send a text message with the name of their club. The competition is part of the charity’s partnership with the Football League for the 2012/2013 season. 

Les Ferdinand made his debut for QPR in The Football League in 1987 before playing for Leicester City and Bolton Wanderers. He also won the League Cup with Tottenham Hotspur in 1999. Les, who lost his grandfather to prostate cancer, is an ambassador of Prostate Cancer UK and its partnership with The Football League. He is committed to raising awareness of the disease, which African-Caribbean men are three times more likely to develop than white men of the same age. Les was also a staunch supporter of Prostate Cancer UK’s campaign to get breakthrough drug abiraterone widely approved on the NHS. 

Ferdinand, who now coaches at Spurs, said: “Having lost my granddad to this disease, I am keen to add my voice to the movement fighting it. Men are getting more health conscious, but there is still plenty of room for more awareness about prostate cancer, which kills a staggering one man every hour.
“I would urge every Cobblers fan across the country to enter the competition to show their support for their team, for a chance of winning a VIP experience and to help raise funds to fight the most common cancer in men. The more people who back their team, the more money will be raised to help Prostate Cancer UK support men with the disease, provide vital information and find answers by funding research into causes and treatments.”

Football pundit, Mark Bright, added: “This is a really quick and easy way to raise funds for Prostate Cancer UK whilst getting behind your team. At this time in the season there’s everything to play for, and with 1 in 9 men being diagnosed with prostate cancer each year, ‘The Road to Wembley’ is one way fans can make a real difference.”

All fans need to do is text FL Northampton Town to 82772 for a chance to win. Supporters will be charged £3 to their mobile phone. Terms & conditions apply.

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