“Amazing staff” make Sheffield United FC’s prostate cancer fundraiser a huge success

Written by Emily Phillips

Almost £5000 has been raised by staff from Sheffield United Football Club as part of a yearly fundraising challenge for Prostate United.

The fundraiser challenged participants to run or bike anywhere between three and 25 kilometres everyday.

It was started by Rotherham United’s Stephen Gilpin and Ross Burbeary in 2018, encouraging other clubs to take part.

Nathan Winder, Sheffield United’s Lead First Team Strength & Conditioning Coach, said: “We have rallied around and got more people involved.

“It’s been a really big success this year. There’s been 40 football clubs involved and individuals from different sports as well.”

Nathan Winder, Lead First Team Strength & Conditioning Coach

With one in eight men affected by the illness, Mr Winder said that by doing their bit to push awareness forward, they will be able to support people through their journey of fighting the illness.

At Sheffield United, 20 members from the academy and background staff took part, as well as manager Paul Heckingbottom.

Team members Nathan Winder, Paul Evans, Lee McMahon and Iggy Szuba cycling for the fundraiser

The Prostate United campaign has raised a phenomenal £135,000 so far, smashing their £100,000 target.

Prostate Cancer UK said: “To run or cycle every day for a month is no mean feat, especially considering the busy schedules of their clubs, so we’re incredibly grateful for the support of the Prostate United team.”

After the 30 days of hard work, the estimated total cycling distance from the Sheffield United team would be the equivalent of travelling from Sheffield to the West Coast of America.

Mr Winder added: “We have amazing staff here that jumped on board as soon as I did it, and to get 20 people to do it is fantastic.”

To show your support and raise the final £500 needed to hit Sheffield United’s target, donate by following this link: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/prostate-united-2021-6792.

Written by Emily Phillips

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