For Saturday’s game against Scunthorpe United we’re delighted to welcome Cancer Research UK to Oakwell as we show our support for the only UK charity fighting all 200 types of cancer.
Monday 4 February represents ‘World Cancer Day’, so as our closest home fixture to this date we are calling on supporters of both teams to unite and help us blow the whistle on 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 ensure that fans enjoy matchdays with loved ones for years to come.
On the day we’ll proudly welcome an army of Cancer Research UK volunteers to Oakwell who’ll be 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.
Head Coach Daniel Stendel is proudly backing the campaign and is hoping for a successful day both on and off the pitch come Saturday.
Ahead of the game the gaffer delivered a rousing team talk to the Oakwell faithful and said: 'I’m proud that the Club is coming together on Saturday to support this incredible charity.'
'Last year there were around 1,400 people diagnosed with cancer in Barnsley, and I’m sure that most fans have been affected by cancer, whether it’s themselves, a family member, a colleague or friend.'
'Thanks to Cancer Research UK’s hard work and determination, today 2 in 4 people diagnosed with cancer will survive the disease which is very good. But the work cannot stop here, and the charity continue to work towards ultimately bringing forward the day when all cancers can be cured.'
'Cancer Research UK receives no government funding for its life-saving research. Together we can play our part in making cancer a thing of the past. Thank you for your continued support and I look forward to seeing you on Saturday!'
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 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 www.cancerresearchuk.org.
Together we will beat cancer