Signed special-edition ‘Get to know cancer’ branded shirts worn by the entire matchday squad during the Fulham game were put up for auction a week ago. The highest bid was for Christian Eriksen’s shirt at over £1,200, closely followed by shirts worn by Hugo Lloris, Roberto Soldado, Emmanuel Adebayor and Andros Townsend.
The Club dedicated the Fulham game to ‘Get to know cancer’ as part of its commitment to raise awareness of the symptoms of cancer and promote early diagnosis amongst fans and the community throughout the current season, with the message that cancer is ‘not only treatable, but beatable’ if detected early.
The money raised from the shirt auction will be divided amongst the following six cancer charities:
CoppaFeel! – educating young people about the signs of breast cancer, encouraging regular checks to promote early diagnosis.
Cancer Research UK – funding research into more than 200 types of cancer to discover new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat the disease.
Ovarian Cancer Action – campaigning to raise awareness of the symptoms of ovarian cancer and improve the treatment options for women in the UK. Women are encouraged to act and GPs intervene at the earliest possible stage to give the best chance of survival.
Beating Bowel Cancer – working in partnership with individuals, local communities, clinical communities and government to improve public awareness of bowel cancer and increase the rate of early diagnosis.
Bowel Cancer UK – aiming to save lives and improve the quality of life for all those affected by bowel cancer. It works to overcome the embarrassment of talking about symptoms associated with bowel cancer, so people have the best chance of survival.
The Roy Castle Lung Foundation – focusing on saving lives and supporting people living with lung cancer, drawing attention to the importance of early diagnosis.
Following an overwhelming response from fans, players, staff and the general public, the Club announced last month that it is extending its support for ‘Get to know cancer’ for another season.
Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, who set up the London Health Improvement Board to increase early diagnosis of cancer in London by 10 per cent over three years, has been a huge supporter of the Club’s work with ‘Get to know cancer’ to date.
Upon learning of the extension of this unique partnership, he said: “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.”
The ‘Get to know cancer’ shirts worn during the Fulham game cemented the Club’s commitment to taking awareness of the campaign to a global level.
Keep an eye out for the ‘Get to know cancer’ market stall that will be on Spurs Square handing out information and advice about cancer symptoms before kick-off at the Aston Villa game, Sunday 11 May.