United's neighbours are batting for men's health

Tuesday 15 June 2021 14:00

Manchester United fans who also attend the other Old Trafford - the nearby home of Lancashire Cricket Club - can get a free medical check this Sunday, 20 June.

Up to 350 prostate tests will be offered to spectators at the Vitality Blast T20 fixture between Lancashire and Notts Outlaws on Father's Day, after our local cricket club's Foundation joined forces with two charities - the Barry Kilby Prostate Cancer Appeal and the Bob Willis Fund, in memory of the former England captain and popular Sky Sports broadcaster.

A healthy 66-year-old when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer in April 2016, Willis lost his battle against the disease in December 2019. His wife, Lauren Clark, and brother, David Willis, have launched a fund to support critical research into the disease, with the hope that a nationally accessible, accurate screening programme may be introduced to save the lives of many men in the future.

Commenting on the joint initiative, Lauren Clark, said: “We’ve been overwhelmed by the reaction since launching Bob’s fund and it is already having a huge impact by shining a light on this devasting disease and raising valuable funds.

"We can never accept Bob was taken so young, but we knew we had to use his legacy to try and prevent other families from suffering like we are. More than 11,500 men die from prostate cancer in the UK each year – that's one man every 45 minutes.
The late, great Bob Willis, pictured at cricket's Old Trafford in 2013.
"Sunday's event is another valuable opportunity to raise awareness and provide men with the opportunity to get tested. We thank Emirates Old Trafford, Lancashire Cricket and the Barry Kilby Prostate Cancer Appeal for their support in making this happen.” 

Ticket holders for the match will be given the opportunity to book a PSA test online, at a time slot of their choice, that will be administered at the stadium on match day.

To make a donation to support the Father’s Day event and support the charities involved, please visit justgiving.com/campaign/menshealthday2021
For more information and support regarding prostate cancer please visit prostatecanceruk.org.