Sunderland AFC supports Hartlepool Soccer Saturday presenter Jeff Stelling's March for Men

Jeff Stelling prepares for the March for Men
Jeff Stelling prepares for the March for Men

The Black Cats have announced they will be supporting Jeff Stelling’s March for Men as he prepares to walk 15 marathons in 15 days for charity.

The long-standing Soccer Saturday presenter, from Hartlepool, aims to raise £500,000 for Prostate Cancer UK, by taking on the challenge at the start of June.

Jeff will being in Exeter on June 2, visiting more than 40 football clubs as he heads up through the west of England via Bristol and Stoke, and through the northern footballing hotbeds of Merseyside and Manchester.

He will then cut across the country and finish in his native North East, where his boyhood club, Hartlepool United, will also be en-route.

Jeff will start the final day at Durham County Cricket Club, with a stop at the Stadium of Light, where he is expected to be accompanied by former Sunderland players and well-known SAFC supporters.

He said: “After the agony and ecstasy of the walk last year, particularly the agony, so many people have been in touch with stories of their battle against prostate cancer, so many people who wanted to say thank you to me, to Russ Green, and to Prostate Cancer UK for their support.

“It makes me feel very humble but it also makes me feel very gratified that I’m in position where I can do something. Prostate Cancer kills one man ever hour in the UK, and I just decided I couldn’t sit on my backside and do nothing about it. I can put one foot in front of the next and hopefully raise awareness and raise funds to help men beat this diabolical disease.

He added: “We also wanted a fresh route and because they shared the same ground name, we thought we would see how far it was between Exeter and Newcastle, and it’s worked out well.

"Crucially, it gives us that opportunity to go to parts of the country that we’ve not been to before to get our message over to people who maybe didn’t hear that message as loudly last time around. So that will be in the West Country, starting down in Exeter we’ll be heading up the country and ending in in the North East, where I know we will get a fantastic welcome.”

The mega event is part of Prostate Cancer UK’s wider walking programme, March for Men, which includes a trio of Local Walks across Father’s Day weekend, in London on June 17th and Leeds and Glasgow 24 hours later. The charity will also be encouraging supporters to hold their own marches to try and raise £1 million through walking in 2017.

172 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year in Sunderland and the money raised will have a huge impact on the lives of those affected by the disease and will help bring us one step closer to stopping prostate cancer being a killer.

If you want to support Jeff’s walk to the Stadium of Light or any other part of the march, or just find out more about his challenge, visit www.prostatecanceruk.org/jeffsmarch