Rovers fan Matt Willis will be joining the fight against prostate cancer by taking part in this year’s Football to Amsterdam cycling challenge for Prostate Cancer UK as the charity aims to raise half a million pounds.
On Friday 3 June, the 31-year-old from Oxford will be pounding the pedals from the Olympic Park in London to Amsterdam to support the leading men’s health charity against a disease that kills one man every hour.
Prostate Cancer UK, the Official Charity Partner of The Football League, will stage its fourth annual football fundraiser from 3-5 June 2016 – prostatecanceruk.org/amsterdam
– and Men United’s Three Lions, Luther Blissett, Terry Butcher and Viv Anderson will start from London, Ipswich and Barnsley respectively a week before England take on the cream of the continent in Euro 2016.
Proudly representing Rovers, Matt will join the former England trio amid more than 350 riders in Prostate Cancer UK’s Men United team, all riding 145 miles and raising money to stop prostate cancer being a killer.
The £500,000 raised will help ‘shift the science’ and crack the three core issues of diagnosis, treatment and prevention which have been left unsolved for too long. It will also help provide support and information to those affected by the disease.
From the initial event in 2013 with a small group of 35 riders, to a total fundraising tally which will smash through the £1m mark this year thanks to a biggest ever peloton; the football-themed cycling challenge has proved a phenomenal success throughout its four years.
Matt, who has supported Rovers since 1991, will join 500 other riders from across the Football League’s 72 clubs for the annual event, which takes place from June 3rd-5th.
“I’m looking forward to the ride and to meeting everyone at the Ajax Arena at the end of it,” said Matt, who is a sergeant in the RAF.
“I’m not a big cyclist, so it’s going to be a massive physical challenge for me. I was quite surprised to hear that I was the club’s only representative, so it’s a bit of an honour really.”