Jeff Stelling calls on Blues to support his march to Goodison

Wednesday 31 May 2017  7 Comments  [Jump to last]
Evertonians are being encouraged to support TV presenter Jeff Stelling on Wednesday 7 June, as the intrepid Soccer Saturday host arrives at Goodison as part of his fundraising campaign for Prostate Cancer UK.

Teaming up with the leading men's health organisation, the TV host is aiming to raise £500,000 during his ‘March for Men' by completing 15 walking marathons in 15 days at the start of June, from Exeter City FC to Newcastle United FC.

Day six of Jeff's march will see him cross the finish line at our very own Goodison Park. The walkers will kick-off at Chester FC before making two stops, the first at Tranmere Rovers and the second at Anfield, before arriving at the home of the People's Club – and we're calling on all Blues to get behind him!

251 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year in Liverpool. The money raised will have a huge impact on the lives of those affected by the disease and will help bring us one step closer to stopping prostate cancer being a killer.

Evertonians can get involved by either coming down to Goodison Park to celebrate his arrival, which is expected between 5-6pm, or by walking alongside him during any of the 15 days. To take part and fundraise, click here.

Commenting on the upcoming challenge, Jeff said: “After the agony and ecstasy of the walk last year, particularly the agony, so many people have been in touch with me, people with stories of their battle against prostate cancer…It's just inspirational and it's inspired me to do something once again.

“There were too many stories to tell in truth. Every single one was inspirational. I'd be walking alongside people and saying ‘why are you here?' and the person I'm talking to might say, ‘I've been given six months to live'. They were spending their precious moments walking to support the battle against prostate cancer, so that other people in the future didn't suffer in the way they were feeling right then. It was just inspiring individuals from start to finish.

“This year we've got an even bigger target and we're visiting more football grounds. I'm looking forward to a Scouse welcome and visiting Goodison Park. It's a magical and historic stadium and the sight of it on Wednesday 7 June will be very welcome, especially as it is our last stop of the day!"

Club Ambassador, Graeme Sharp said: “We're thrilled to hear that Jeff has taken on an even bigger challenge this year and will be completing his sixth marathon at Goodison Park.

“We all know at Everton how much of an impact football can have off the pitch and we really hope that Blues can show the People's Club spirit by getting behind the campaign. Whether that's by lacing up your boots or getting down to Goodison Park on the 7 June – let's make sure Jeff knows Evertonians are behind him and the fight against prostate cancer.”

Keep your eye out in the coming weeks for more details of how you can join Everton in celebrating Jeff's arrival at Goodison. Don't forget that you can join Jeff on his March for Men atwww.macrchformen.org/jeffsmarch

Fans can also watch a Facebook Live interview with Jeff Stelling today at 12:30pm. To watch the TV star talk about his march, click here: https://www.facebook.com/prostatecanceruk/  

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Will Mabon
1 Posted 31/05/2017 at 04:51:52
Leading men's health organization?

I thought that was the NHS, "Envy of the world".

I applaud anyone willing to give of their time and effort this way. It shouldn't be necessary.

Brian Williams
2 Posted 31/05/2017 at 07:14:19
As a survivor myself, I'll be going!

"Unbelievable, Jeff."

Si Cooper
4 Posted 01/06/2017 at 14:37:28
Will, one of the problems with many men only health issues is that they are often not openly discussed because men are more likely to suffer these things in silence. Since early treatment has such an influence on survival rates the aim of many of these charities / organisations is as much about raising awareness as it is about money.
The NHS can't treat people who are ignoring possible symptoms, nor do they necessarily control the pipeline for development of treatments. We need other motivated and engaged people to do this.
I applaud Jeff Stelling for his efforts, the club for being involved and our esteemed editors for publicising it.
Brian Williams
5 Posted 01/06/2017 at 15:50:29
Yehhhh, what Si said. :-)
Will Mabon
7 Posted 01/06/2017 at 18:48:26
Si, I wouldn't disagree with a word you said. I just have a slight grievance with how much of what I consider the responsibilities of the health system are being left to what is becoming a larger and larger volunteer section – in aspects of awareness, education and yes, raising money.

The benefits of the good nature of people involved in this voluntary work is not lost on those working to monetize the NHS by the minute. This voluntary area is becoming almost normalized as a necessary part of the functioning of the system and it shouldn't be.

The NHS should be overseeing a functioning health service as it did for many years. Voluntary input should be an extra, the withdrawal of which should not compromise the provision of awareness, treatment or any kind of care.

Eddie Dunn
8 Posted 02/06/2017 at 20:30:57
Not to take anything away from the selfless efforts of well-meaning people like Stelling. Locally, here in a small village in West Wales the community routinely raise money for hospices, Welsh Air ambulance (which is totally funded by charity) and other causes but Will is right in that it has become normal to think we all have to do this due to the cut backs over the years by governments of various colours, but especially now that the NHS is facing creeping privatisation.
Hugh Jenkins
9 Posted 05/06/2017 at 06:08:55
Hi Eddie (8)

Which village in West Wales are you talking about?

I'm from Carmarthen – quite a few Blues here – but I don't see many on ToffeeWeb.

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