MEN who have been touched by prostate cancer have the chance to become a Pompey mascot.
This year the Football League is supporting the charity Prostate Cancer UK, and has asked each team in the country to come up with a way to raise awareness of the cause.
Pompey have dedicated their game against Hartlepool on Saturday, April 5 to the cause.
Clare Martin, Pompey’s director of community projects, said: ‘April 5 is PFC’s Prostate Cancer UK’s official match, and we like to do some no other club is doing.
‘We’d like males who have been affected by prostate cancer to write in, or their friends and family, to say why they feel the person deserves the honour of being a PCUK Pompey mascot for the day.
‘The mascot could be children whose dads have had cancer, or the men themselves.’
The idea is being backed by a prostate cancer support group in Hampshire.
Stuart Thompson is chairman of the Prostate Cancer Solent support network.
He said: ‘This is a brilliant idea, as most of the audience at a football match are men.
‘They need to understand the importance of looking after their health and be aware of the help out there.
‘Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men.
‘The earlier the detection, the better the outcome.
‘I went to see my GP for another problem and he decided in the same blood test to check for prostate cancer.
‘I’ve had my prostate removed now, and have the disease under control.’
There are nine places available, and each mascot will get two tickets.
They will also get a full mascot package, which includes a kickabout on the pitch before the game, a parade around the pitch, walking out with the players, and a photograph of the mascots shaking hands with the opposition and another of the official line-up.
The deadline for entries is Monday, March 3, and they should include contact details.
Send your nominations to Mascots, c/o Fiona Bristow, Pompey Study Centre, Anson Road, Portsmouth, PO4 8TB.
To get more information on support, visit pcaso.org, or call 0845 6502555.