Tuesday 5th December 2017
Bedale AFC took centre stage last season when their football kit, sponsored by Heck sausages, got titled the ugliest kit in Britain. But this club, who have been supporting Prostate Cancer UK by marching and cycling over the past three years, are using their unique kit to help relegate a disease that kills one man every 45 minutes.
Players from the amateur club took on the charity’s Football to Amsterdam bike ride, as well as putting their best foot forward in Jeff Stelling’s March for Men, all in memory of much-loved friend Steve Garbett who sadly lost his battle to the disease in 2014.
Over the past three years players, staff and family and friends making up Team ‘Garby’, set up in Steve’s memory, have raised an incredible £144,102 and aim to continue raising funds through their tasty kit with £5 of shirt sales going to the leading men’s health charity. Orders can be made here (bedaleafc.com/product/bedale-afc-replica-sausage-top-pre-order/).
As well as providing this carnivorous kit for the pitch, Heck Sausages also sponsored the sausage cycling jerseys that featured in the charity’s Football to Amsterdam bike ride, a 145-mile pedal-pilgrimage from Barnsley or London to Amsterdam, earlier in the year. Since then the world has gone barmy for the bangers with French media flying over to do a feature and other channels picking up the news in Brazil, Scandinavia, Turkey, USA and Spain, to name a few.
Chairman of Bedale AFC, Martyn Coombs said: “Since wearing the sausage cycling jerseys on day one of the Football to Amsterdam ride, from Barnsley to Hull, the world has gone mad.
“The reason behind it all is to support Prostate Cancer UK in memory of Steve Garbett, a dear friend we lost in November 2014. A £5 donation will be made to the charity via the Team Garby JustGiving page for every shirt sold and we’re about half way through our consignment of football shirts and cycle jerseys with the aim to sell out before Christmas.
“The cycle tops will make a very interesting present and will certainly get you noticed when out on the road. Every top has the Prostate Cancer UK logo on the right breast and may well be the ‘wurst’ Christmas present you ever receive!”
James Beeby, Director of Fundraising at Prostate Cancer UK, said: “We’re delighted that Martyn and the team at Bedale AFC are donating a portion of their sales from their unique kit to Prostate Cancer UK. It’s brilliant to see something that has captured global interest being invested into men’s health here in the UK.
“The power of football consistently helps us reach out to men and their friends and families, and we are very grateful for the continued backing from Team Garby who have raised a magnificent amount for us over the past three years.
“One man dies every 45 minutes from this disease. That’s two men during a football match, so it’s vital that the football family rallies together to turn the game around for men everywhere.”
The shirt and jersey are on sale now and Bedale AFC and Prostate Cancer UK are urging people to buy them before Christmas to raise vital funds and help relegate prostate cancer. You can buy the shirts and jerseys at: bedaleafc.com/product/bedale-afc-replica-sausage-top-pre-order/
Many people are unaware that prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men. It’s a huge issue that cannot be ignored. One man will die from prostate cancer every 45 minutes in the UK. That’s over 11,000 men a year. Based on current trends, if we ignore prostate cancer and do nothing, this number will rise to over 14,500 men a year by 2026.
Additionally, to show your support and get Prostate Cancer UK’s ‘Man of Men’ badge to wear with pride, text BADGE to 70004 to donate £5* and help stop prostate cancer being a killer. For information about the badge and the charity’s work in football visit prostatecanceruk.org/whostheman
* Text costs £5 plus network charge. Prostate Cancer UK receives 100% of your donation. Obtain bill payers permission. Customer care 0800 082 1616. Charity No 1005541.