16 Feb 2021

LMA SUPPORTS BID TO RAISE £100,000 FOR PROSTATE CANCER UK’S SPECIALIST NURSES

The League Managers Association's Charity 'In The Game' donates £20,000 to support Prostate Cancer UK’s bid to raise £100,000 for Specialist Nurses by end of September.

Richard Bevan, Chief Executive of the LMA, today announced that the organisation's charity will be donating an additional £20,000 to fund the LMA’s Charity Partner Prostate Cancer UK’s Specialist Nurses Service, delivering essential support for men and their loved ones living with prostate cancer. Furthermore, every penny of this donation will be matched by a Prostate Cancer UK benefactor, increasing the value of the donation and helping to provide more support to services users across the UK. A further £100,000 is needed by the end of September.

Richard Bevan said: “Our progressive partnership with Prostate Cancer UK demonstrates the power of football as a force for good. We continue to raise importance awareness and understanding of Prostate Cancer especially through the ongoing commitment of our members in wearing their “Man of Men” badges on the touchline and in the media.

"We are delighted to announce a further donation from our charity of £20,000, taking our overall funding for Prostate Cancer UK’s Specialist Nurses Service to £36,000. With every penny matched, it means our donation delivers even more critical, high-quality support to men and their loved ones living with prostate cancer.

"I hope our donation will inspire others, our partners and friends in the game,  to join us in supporting Prostate Cancer UK in achieving their fundraising target, and in raising awareness of the support available for anyone affected by prostate cancer.

Angela Culhane, Chief Executive of Prostate Cancer UK said: "We are delighted Richard, his team and the LMA members, continue to stand with us in the fight against prostate cancer, especially right now when our work is needed more than ever. We haven't, and we will not, back down in our commitment to men and their loved ones in their time of need, whether they are going through the anxiety of a new diagnosis or living with prostate cancer and navigating ongoing treatments and effects.

"This generous donation will be match funded by a Prostate Cancer UK benefactor who has committed to match new donations for the Specialist Nurses every year until October 2022; and we welcome further support from the football family to help us achieve this fundraising target. With one in every eight men set to develop prostate cancer (and for black men it’s one in four), and 400,000 men living with the disease, most of us will know someone affected by prostate cancer who will need support at some stage."

About Prostate Cancer UK’s Specialist Nurses Service:

The Specialist Nurses Service is the UK’s only free, dedicated service for anyone with questions or concerns about prostate cancer. 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.

Prostate Cancer UK’s Specialist Nurses, who all have cancer or urology backgrounds, receive questions about anything from diagnosis and treatment to the effects of Covid-19 and the lockdown. In 2020 alone, their Specialist Nurses spoke to over 14,000 people needing support in relation to prostate cancer and prostate problems.

Provision of support during the pandemic:

Due to COVID-19, many men are being given prostate cancer diagnoses over the phone with very limited access to further support like a Clinical Nurse Specialist. There are also men who are told they have cancer but they won’t have treatment yet. Many of the answers and support that would normally be given by the hospital team is often being provided by Prostate Cancer UK Specialist Nurses. Spikes in contacts to services such as  Live Chat, that are perhaps a little more private in a world where people are spending more time at home, tripled at the start of the first lockdown.

Some men with advanced disease aren’t able to access treatments. Some men are acutely unwell and upon being admitted to hospital have very little contact with their families. This means we have the terrified partners and relatives of these men contacting us. There are problems with access to GP assessment of concerns and delays in diagnostic investigations. Overall there have been really challenging conversations for the nurses, testing all their skills and their ability to inform and reassure people in such unprecedented and difficult times.

Prostate cancer is a terrible disease that we think of as only affecting men, when it in fact affects everyone. Your support for the work of the nurses is so vital for men and their loved ones, who all need support and information at a turbulent point in their lives.

To join the LMA in supporting Prostate Cancer UK’s Specialist Nurses visit our JustGiving page for more information or to join the LMA team for the forthcoming 'March the Month' challenge for the charity, contact Gabby Ward at gabriella.ward@leaguemanagers.com