In a bid to raise vital funds and awareness for Prostate Cancer UK, the Southend United first-team backroom staff have joined the rest of the football community in running or cycling for Prostate Cancer UK this November.
Prostate United, a month-long fundraising effort, was created by Rotherham United duo Stephen Gilpin and Ross Burbeary in 2018 and each November they’ve been joined by hundreds of football club staff across the country.
The distances for the challenge range from a 10km run or 25km bike ride, a 5km run or 15km bike ride or a 3km run or 10km bike ride.
Head coach Kevin Maher has been joined in the challenge by assistant Darren Currie, first team coach Mark Bentley, fitness coach Stef Russo, goalkeeper coach Reece Ottley, physio Jamie Dye, kitman Luke Purcell and first team analyst Adam Milne.
In the UK, one in eight men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime – that’s a dad, grandad, brother, partner or friend – making it the most common cancer in men.
The hope is that this challenge can raise vital funds to help the cause for life-saving cancer research.
Maher said: "It’s going well. We’re 18 days in so there’s a few tired bodies. There’s a little bit of weight loss as well which is handy!
"It’s a great cause and the staff have really bought into it. Any little bit we can do to help raise a few quid.
"Everyone that has donated it’s all greatly appreciated by us.
"We’ve still got a few more days to go and we’re counting them down. But I’m enjoying it, it’s been great for team morale and it’s a brilliant cause which gives you that motivation to get out and do it."
More than £1,500 has been raised so far and you can support the club’s fundraising efforts by donating to the JustGiving page.