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Forest 2 Amsterdam pedal for Prostate Cancer UK

32 riders from across the Midlands, Yorkshire, The Potteries, Manchester and Liverpool are representing Nottingham Forest and will join the biggest ride in football this June, as Prostate Cancer UK’s flagship cycling event returns for an eighth year.

Nottingham Forest fans along with Steve Chettle and Mark Dennison will join former England and Manchester United defender, Paul Parke, in the eighth annual Football to Amsterdam ride from June 6 to 7, 2020.

The group of riders will be pedalling for three days covering 210-mile stretch to Amsterdam from The City Ground Nottingham

Starting out as a charity challenge with 35 riders in 2013, the ever-popular Football to Amsterdam bike ride has since smashed an incredible £2.5 million cumulative fundraising landmark, with 400 riders taking on the 145-mile tour to stop prostate cancer being a killer in 2019. This year’s event raised over £500,000, and 2020’s challenge is set to be bigger and better than ever.

Football to Amsterdam is more than a ride for Forest 2 Amsterdam, who were inspired to go the distance for Prostate Cancer UK after cycling 3 years ago and meeting Paul Dear who has since lost his life to Prostate Cancer, the team have a number of personal reasons to be riding and supporting Prostate Cancer UK.

Martyn Cheatle said: “One man dies every 45 minutes from prostate cancer, so I signed up to the Football to Amsterdam bike ride to help turn things round in the second half, Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men”

“We decided to ride as a team for Prostate Cancer UK because we want to help stop cancer being a killer, it’s not just raising money, it’s about raising the awareness and to get men talking and get them to the GP’s to get checked, early diagnosis WILL save you life”

Andy Sallnow, Head of Sporting Events at Prostate Cancer UK, said: “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 prostate cancer the third biggest cancer killer in the UK.

“That’s why it’s so important that events like Football to Amsterdam continue to gather momentum and we’re delighted that Forest 2 Amsterdam has decided to join the and ride to raise vital funds for Prostate Cancer UK.

“One man dies every 45 minutes from prostate cancer, that’s two men during a football match which is simply unacceptable. We need to turn the game around for men and their families and Football to Amsterdam is a brilliant demonstration of fans putting their rivalries aside to fight one common opposition.

“Thanks to the money raised by Forest 2 Amsterdam and the riders taking part, we can fund more ground-breaking research, and it will also help us provide dedicated support and information to men and their families and make prostate cancer a disease the next generation of men need not fear.”

Many people are unaware that prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men. One man will die from prostate cancer every 45 minutes in the UK. That’s over 11,500 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. 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 prostate cancer the third biggest cancer killer in the UK.

To sponsor Forest 2 Amsterdam please visit https://www.justgiving.com/companyteams/forest2dam

For more information about taking part in the 2020 ride, go to prostatecanceruk.org/amsterdam or contact the cycling team by calling 020 3310 7034 or emailing cycling@prostatecanceruk.org.

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NOTES TO EDITOR

For more information, please contact Seb Pearce, Sports and Lifestyle PR Officer at Prostate Cancer UK, on 020 3310 7044 or at sebastian.pearce@prostatecanceruk.org. Alternatively, email pressoffice@prostatecanceruk.org or call 07984 325001.

About Football to Amsterdam

  • From the initial event in 2013 with a small group of 35 riders setting off from Wembley and raising £30,000, Football to Amsterdam has proved a phenomenal success throughout its seven years, and the 2020 challenge runs from 5-7 June.
  • The ride takes place a week before Euro 2020 begins, with two start points for riders to kick off from.
  • The northern leg kicks off, for the first time, from Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough – home of the Owls since 1899. It takes the riders through the scenic Yorkshire countryside to complete the first day’s ride in Hull where they get the overnight ferry to Rotterdam.
  • The southern leg – London to Amsterdam – rolls out from the iconic Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park’s Lee Valley VeloPark. The cyclists will peddle through the streets of East London until breaking free into the Essex countryside, finishing the first day’s ride in Harwich.
  • Both second days continue along the picturesque pathways of the Netherlands before the two Men United pelotons converge at the iconic Johan Cruyff Arena – formerly known as the Amsterdam ArenA – home of Dutch giants Ajax.
  • Prostate Cancer UK was the Official Charity Partner of the EFL for six consecutive seasons, and as a legacy partner, the EFL will continue to support the annual bike ride.
  • For more information about taking part in Football to Amsterdam 2020, go to prostatecancer.org/amsterdam.

About Prostate Cancer UK

  • Prostate Cancer UK has a simple ambition – to stop men dying from prostate cancer. We’re investing millions to find better treatments and tests that could save thousands of lives.
  • We work with the NHS to make sure men get access to breakthrough tests and treatments.
  • We spread the word about who is at risk of prostate cancer, especially to those at higher risk.
  • We support people dealing with prostate cancer and provide health information.
  • Visit prostatecancer.prostatecanceruk.org/amsterdam now to help beat this disease.

About prostate cancer

  • More than 11,500 men die from prostate cancer in the UK each year – that’s one man every 45 minutes.
  • Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in men, and it’s estimated that by 2030, prostate cancer will be the most commonly diagnosed cancer overall.
  • Prostate cancer mainly affects men over 50 and the risk increases with age. But the risk is higher for black men or men with a family history of prostate cancer, so they may wish to speak to their GP from age 45.
  • One in eight men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. This rises to one in four for black men.
  • Prostate cancer often has no symptoms so men shouldn’t wait to see changes before they act.

Anyone with concerns about prostate cancer may contact Prostate Cancer UK’s Specialist Nurses in confidence on 0800 074 8383 or online via the Live Chat instant messaging service: www.prostatecanceruk.org. The Specialist Nurse phone service is free to landlines and open from 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday, and 10am to 8pm on Wednesdays.

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