Prostate Cancer UK will host a match day collection ahead of Saturday’s eagerly-anticipated League One clash with Wycombe Wanderers.
The leading men’s heath charity, who this season proudly adorn the home and away shirts of the Shrimpers in their quest to raise awareness about a disease that kills one man every 45 minutes, will be collecting outside Roots Hall.
It’s the second collection to take place at the Essex club this season after generous fans helped raise over £1,000 in September.
Fans will also be able to show their support by buying one of the iconic Prostate Cancer UK ‘Man of Men’ pin badges from the volunteers at the game.
The Southend matchday magazine will also feature an interview with supporter Keith Smith who admitted the club almost certainly saved his life due to their work with the charity.
Grounds Maintenance Officer Smith, 61, from Basildon, was prompted to visit his doctors after noticing some of the work the League One club had been doing with the leading men’s health charity on the clubs’ website - and researching some of the symptoms.
He recalled: “I was looking at Southend United website to see if there was any news on us signing a player, and I saw an article on there with Southend and Chris Powell regarding prostate cancer. I was looking through and reading about the symptoms and what you should look out for, and I thought ‘that’s me, I’ve got one of those symptoms’, so from there I looked it up further and eventually went to the doctor, and after a range of tests it was confirmed I had prostate cancer.
“I want to say thanks to Southend United and Chris. I’m so grateful to the work they’ve done. Without that I’d have never have found out I was in this position. Who knows where I’d have been in two years’ time?”
Fans can donate ahead of the 13 April clash with Wycombe in and around Roots Hall, and to find out more information about Prostate Cancer UK click here.