Posted in Health 1 year ago
Reds in the Community will be supporting Football Shirt Friday on the 27th April to help fund life-saving research into bowel cancer.
The Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK is encouraging men, women and children across the UK to wear their football shirts loudly and proudly.
Football Shirt Friday is now in its sixth year and asks people to wear their football shirt to work, school or in their local community, and donate £5 to the Bobby Moore Fund. Taking place during bowel cancer awareness month, the fundraising initiative draws inspiration from one of the most iconic images of Bobby, taken at the 1970 World Cup, where he swapped football shirts with Brazilian legend Pelé. Shown as a sign of respect between the two opposing players, this is a gesture that has been recreated worldwide by footballers ever since.
Many well-known faces from the sport and entertainment industry, including David Seaman, Alan Shearer, Ledley King, Robbie Savage and comedian Tom Davis, are among those honouring Bobby’s memory, 25 years after he passed away from bowel cancer.
Former England goalkeeper David Seaman, said: “Football Shirt Friday is a campaign that’s close to my heart and is so important in raising vital funds to beat bowel cancer sooner. Bobby was a true hero and a real inspiration to many, so whatever you’re doing on Friday 27th April, make sure you’re wearing your football shirt.”
Football pundit and former England striker Alan Shearer CBE, said: “Bobby was an incredible individual who was taken too soon. His memory serves as a reminder of why it’s so important to get involved in fundraising initiatives like Football Shirt Friday. So get your shirt on and donate £5 to life-saving research.”
Bobby’s widow Stephanie Moore MBE, set up the Bobby Moore Fund in partnership with Cancer Research UK in 1993 to raise money for research into the disease. The Fund aims to reach £25m this year to mark the anniversary of Bobby’s death.
She said: “We want to see the whole nation supporting Football Shirt Friday, by proudly wearing their team’s colours and joining together in the fight against bowel cancer. It’s 25 years since Bobby died and in that time mortality rates for bowel cancer have fallen by more than 30 per cent, but sadly it still kills 44 people in the UK every day. By uniting with friends and colleagues to fundraise for the Bobby Moore Fund, we can make even more progress and bring forward the day when bowel cancer is cured.”
To donate £5 to the Bobby Moore fund text BOBBY to 70200. Texts cost £5 plus 1 standard rate text. Cancer Research UK receives £4.89. Full Terms & Conditions at www.cruk.org/text.
For more information on the Bobby Moore Fund and Football Shirt Friday, visit footballshirtfriday.org
For further information about Cancer Research UK’s work or to find out how to support the charity, please call 0300 123 1022 or visit www.cancerresearchuk.org.