Saturday's shirts to go up for auction

Tottenham Hotspur have renewed their support of 'Getting to know cancer' through Spurs legend and now ambassador Ledley King.

Saturday's shirts to go up for auction

The former Spurs skipper works for the club and with the Tottenham Foundation on community projects such as this one to raise awareness of cancer and its symptoms.

The initial campaign has been a roaring success with an 'overwhelming' response from fans, the general public, players and staff.  Tottenham have announced they are delighted to be backing the campaign for the 2014/15 Premier League season.

Over 50% of fans who took part in a survey said not only are they more aware of their health now but that they seek advice earlier than they normally would when symptoms of any form of illness appear. Some it seems have gone straight to seek immediate medical advice so the campaign has clearly got its message across effectively.

Shirt Auction

The game against Fulham on Saturday will see Spurs don a 'Get to know cancer' logo on their shirts. These shirts will then be signed and put up for auction, the proceeds of which will be distributed between 6 cancer charities.

Michael Dawson

Michael Dawson, Tottenham club captain stressed how much it meant to the club and players saying:

“This campaign is something close to our hearts and we’re proud to be wearing the ‘Get to know cancer’ logo on our shirts for the Fulham match.

“Using the club’s profile has so far been an effective way to raise awareness as we know early diagnosis is everything and can be the difference between life and death.

“I speak on behalf of all players and staff in saying that we’re delighted to be continuing our support for the campaign next season.”

Boris Johnson

Mayor of London, Boris Johnson praised the work Spurs are doing saying:

“Tottenham Hotspur is doing a fantastic job to raise awareness of cancer, which will affect four in ten Londoners. We are also big supporters of the ‘Get to Know Cancer’ campaign, because key to successful treatment and saving lives is early diagnosis. I hope that the work Spurs are doing will encourage many more people to come forward for advice or to be checked for symptoms.”

In the past year plenty of work has gone in to make the campaign a success. Kyle Walker has opened a 6 week drop-in clinic, Spurs Ladies working with CoppaFeel! raising awareness of womens breast cancer, Movember is moustache saving month so Ledley King took part during half-time of a Premier League game, Mousa Dembele went to North Middlesex Hospital to unveil revolutionary cancer screening equipment are just a few of the events to have taken place.

At home games their is a 'Get to know cancer stall' where anyone can go to get advice. Being where the people are is important to any charity to raise awareness and using football takes the message to people if often would not get near. Having worked for a charity myself I know how important a part Tottenham Hotspur are playing by being a part of and supporting the campaign.

Their work, and the work of all the charities involved, CoppaFeel!, Cancer Research UK, Ovarian Cancer Action, The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, Beating Bowel Cancer and Bowel Cancer UK must be commended.

Dr Andy Mitchell

Dr Andy Mitchell, Medical Director of NHS England (London) did just that when he said:

"In the time it takes the average commuter to get home this evening, three Londoners will hear the news that they have cancer. That’s 82 people every day – enough to fill a double decker bus. It’s no surprise that cancer is at the top of the list of health concerns for London’s residents, and its NHS services.

"That is why I am delighted that Tottenham Hotspur is continuing to work in partnership with us on our 'Get to know cancer' campaign - designed to encourage people to do the single most important thing to beat cancer: get help sooner. The Club has been instrumental in supporting the campaign in the 2013/14 season, helping raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of the disease at home games, in pop-up clinics and online.

"We - and London's patients - are grateful to Spurs for their vital support and we're excited about next season's campaign. We look forward to working together to send out a clear message that - with early detection - cancer is treatable, even beatable."

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