TWO of the most iconic features of Portsmouth are backing a campaign to raise awareness of cancer in men.
Spinnaker Tower and Portsmouth Football Club are backing Blue September – an initiative that started in New Zealand and has been brought over to the UK for the first time.
Blue September is aimed at raising awareness of all the cancers that can affect men – including those of the lung, prostate, bowel, and melanoma.
The campaign aims to promote healthier lifestyles to reduce the risk of getting cancer. It encourages men to seek medical advice as soon as possible if they have a worrying symptom.
As part of the bid to raise awareness, the tower will be bathed in blue for the next three Mondays – starting next week.
Jenny Nolan, marketing manager for Spinnaker Tower, said: ‘We’re pleased to be able to support Blue September in its bid to raise awareness of male cancers.
‘The charity carries out much-needed work and by lighting the tower on three Mondays this September, we will hopefully contribute to improving knowledge about cancer in Portsmouth and beyond.’
The football team’s Pompey Sports and Education Foundation is encouraging fans to paint their faces blue for one of the club’s home games to help raise awareness.
It’s hoped fans will turn up with blue faces when Portsmouth host Blackpool at Fratton Park on September 24,
Clare Martin, head of community projects at Portsmouth FC, said ‘I hope that Blue September will encourage the male population of the city to visit their GP.
‘It’s fantastic that Pompey is supporting this initiative, as this is an important cause, which is why the club is proud to be supporting it.’
Blue September also wants to raise awareness of the Men’s Health Forum. To find out more visit blueseptember.org