Evo-Stik League Southern Premier Division club Arlesey Town is proud to announce Cancer Research UK as their sole….
….charity for the foreseeable future.
Arlesey Town, like one in three people, has seen many supporters, volunteers, Stalwarts and friends lose their fight to cancer over the last couple of years and have decided that they want to be able to help in the battle against a disease that affects so many people’s lives.
A spokesperson from the club said: “Cancer has had a devastating effect on the club recently and the decision to make Cancer Research UK the clubs sole Charity was an easy one, the hard work the people of this charity put in to fighting Cancer is unbelievable and they need all the help they can get and we will do all we can to aid this.”
This is the first time that Arlesey Town Football Club has ever dedicated itself officially to a charity and they hope that they can raise as much funding as possible in the on-going fight against cancer.
In May last year a charity football match in memory of former club Physio Eric Turner was held in aid of cancer research raising nearly £1000. And the club has set this as a bench mark to break for any events being held in future. The first event pencilled in is what will be the Football Clubs Official Annual Charity match to be held on Saturday 11th May 2013.
Victoria Goldsmith, Cancer Research UK’s Area Volunteer Manager for Bedfordshire, said: “We are absolutely delighted that Arlesey Town FC have decided to support us and raise money for Cancer Research UK.”
Victoria added: “Cancer Research UK has made enormous progress in the fight against cancer and continues to do so. However, we have only been able to do this thanks to the dedication and commitment of our volunteers and supporters without whom we would not be able to fund our vital research.
“Cancer Research UK spent more than £42 million last year on leading scientific and clinical research in East Anglia. We fund ground-breaking research throughout the region, from clinical trials running at nearby hospitals, to our Cancer Research UK Centre at Cambridge. Centres bring together experts in the local medical and scientific community to translate research into benefits for patients as quickly as possible.”
Every day, 80 people are diagnosed with cancer in East Anglia this adds up to 29,300 people every year in the local area alone.
Cancer death rates in East Anglia have fallen by almost a quarter over the last twenty years.
Fundraising is vital. Cancer Research UK have made significant progress in understanding and treating cancer, yet one in three will still get cancer at some point in their lives so there’s much more needed to be done. The vital work, funded entirely by the public, will mean that many more people will survive.