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Show Cancer The Red Card

29 January 2019

Barnsley take on Scunthorpe United at Oakwell on Saturday 2 February, and this game will be dedicated as our ‘Cancer Research UK matchday’, supporting the only UK charity fighting all 200 types of cancer.

In Barnsley alone, last year there were around 1,400 people diagnosed with cancer -  so most people will know someone with cancer – whether they’re a colleague, family member or friend, and #WorldCancerDay is a global event that unites the World’s population in the fight against cancer.

 Cancer will affect 1 in 2 people and 330,000 people are diagnosed in the UK every year – but Cancer Research UK are leading the way to prevent more cancers, improve the outlook for future generations and help ensure that fans enjoy matchdays with loved ones for years to come.

We’re proud to welcome an army of Cancer Research UK volunteers to Oakwell today who are collecting donations at various points around the stadium. We encourage Reds fans to give generously and help thousands of scientists, doctors and nurses to deliver life-saving work and accelerate progress.

Supporters are encouraged to donate generously to Cancer Research UK, with several ways to do so.

  • Fans can make a donation online now by clicking here.
  • Fans can pick up a World Cancer Day wristband, proudly worn here in the photograph above by Daniel Stendel. The Unity Bands are now available to buy from the Club Shop with a suggested donation of £2.
  • Fans can make a £5 donation by text message. Simply text the word WORLD to 70200. Texts charged at £5 plus a standard rate text (age 16+, UK mobiles only). Cancer Research UK will receive 100% of this donation. Full Ts&Cs at
  • Fans can make a cash donation on matchday. Simply pass your donation to one of the Cancer Research UK volunteers who will be at the stadium on the day.

Every Unity Band worn, every pound donated, and every gesture of support will play a vital role in beating cancer, supporting ground-breaking research which is taking place right here in Yorkshire and across the UK.

Find out more about Cancer Research UK and #WorldCancerDay by visiting

 Together we will beat cancer

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