Hurst backing Football March for Men
PUBLISHED: 08:00 09 June 2018
Sir Geoff Hurst is supporting Prostate Cancer UK's Football March for Men on July 22, with West Ham's London Stadium one of four starting points in an event that ends at Wembley Stadium.
It’s a venue the Hammers legend knows well, having netted a history-making hat-trick against West Germany to help England win the World Cup in 1966.
And having collected his treasured World Cup winners’ medal at the home of English football 52 years ago, Hurst will be handing out medals at the national stadium to those completinng the epic walk.
London Stadium will be the backdrop to the East London leg of the march, with the route also visiting National League Leyton Orient before popping in on North London neighbours Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal before Wembley.
The Hammers are among 15 clubs in London and the South East involved on the day and Hurst, who has seen former international team-mates Nobby Stiles and Mike Summerbee affected by the disease, said: “I think when you first hear the stat about how prostate cancer kills one man every 45 minutes you realise how big a disease it is and how important it is to continue to raise awareness of it, and raise funds for it, to be able to have research into it.
“When you narrow it down to that kind of stat it is quite shocking, really shocking. The walk is a great, innovative way of getting people to support the charity. It will be great to see all those walkers turning up at Wembley.
“It will almost be like a cup final or even a World Cup final with all the different colours with different teams, and uniting everybody against this terrible disease. I’m looking forward to seeing it, if I get an opportunity to stand out by the Bobby Moore statue and look down Wembley Way, and hopefully see them all walking up.”
Many people are unaware that prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men. For the first time, the number of men dying from prostate cancer every year has overtaken the number of women dying from breast cancer, making it the third biggest cancer killer in the UK.
One man dies from prostate cancer every 45 minutes, but fans are fighting back to make prostate cancer a disease that the next generation of men do not fear.
To sign up for the March for Men or find out more information go to: www.prostatecanceruk.org/footballmarch.