9 May 2013
Club offer locals once in a lifetime opportunity to play at Pride Park
Derby County fan Jack O’Connell is backing Macmillan Cancer Support’s very first Good Together partnership with his beloved Derby County Football Club.
In partnership with leading cancer charity Macmillan, Derby will roll out a fantastic programme of money can’t buy Good Together events where their fans affected by cancer can have fun, whilst getting to know other fans like them.
The partnership launches with a Good Together football match, offering match fit locals the opportunity to pull on their boots and play in once a lifetime match on the hallowed turf at Pride Park on the morning of Tuesday 21 May, from 08:30 - 11:30am.
Actor Jack, who studied at St. Benedict Catholic School before going on to star in Skins, Harry Brown and This Is England, is keen to encourage Derby locals to get involved:
‘I’m really proud that my team Derby County are the first football club to partner Macmillan Cancer Support’s Good Together programme, it’s a brilliant idea, to help people affected by cancer, through a shared love of the club.
As a Derby fan, I can’t think of anything more amazing than playing on Pride Park so whether you’re a cancer survivor yourself, or you care for a friend or family member, as long as you’re match fit get signing up to play. It’ll be unbelievable.’
Faye Nixon, Marketing Manager Derby County FC says:
‘As Macmillan’s very first Good Together partner we are really looking forward to working with them to provide some once in a lifetime Good Together activities for Derby fans affected by cancer, which will be really fun and where they can connect to other people facing similar challenges’.
Jane Rudge, Senior Macmillan Development Manager for Derbyshire, says:
‘At Macmillan Cancer Support, we believe that no one should face cancer alone so we are delighted to be working in partnership with Derby County on our Good Together programme. Through the fantastic Good Together events, Macmillan will be able to reach and support many more people affected by cancer in Derby who feel isolated, to ensure they access the vital support that they need’.
Players of all abilities are encouraged to sign up to play on Pride Park on Tuesday 21 May from 08:30 – 11:30am. Spaces are limited and on a first come first served basis. To sign up please contact Selina Mehra at Macmillan Cancer Support Tel: 020 7091 2438 or email SMehra@macmillan.org.uk
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All press enquiries, please contact:
Susie Richardson – Head of Special Projects, Macmillan Cancer Support
020 7840 7809 / 07740 927173
Notes to Editors:
About Macmillan Cancer Support
More than one in three of us will get cancer. For most of us it will be the toughest fight we ever face. And the feelings of isolation and loneliness that so many people experience make it even harder.
But you don’t have to go through it alone. The Macmillan team is with you every step of the way.
We are the nurses and therapists helping you through treatment. The experts on the end of the phone. The advisers telling you which benefits you’re entitled to. The volunteers giving you a hand with the everyday things. The campaigners improving cancer care. The community there for you online, any time. The supporters who make it all possible.
Together, we are all Macmillan Cancer Support.
About Good Together
Through working with partners across the UK, Macmillan’s Good Together programme aims to bring together people affected by cancer around a shared passion or interest, such as being a Derby County fan. Launching in May 2013, Good Together aims to engage people affected by cancer who do not currently access any self help or support services. Through fun activities, we hope to encourage peer to peer support, which ultimately reduces isolation amongst people affected by cancer.
About Derby County Football Club & Derby County Community Trust (DCCT)
Derby County Football Club has the ability to engage people, raising hopes and aspirations, improving the lives of the people of Derbyshire. As a Club we are committed to ensuring that we respond to local needs whilst working strategically in line with regional and national agendas. We all recognise that sport can play a prominent role in addressing major issues such as rising obesity levels, community cohesion, health inequalities, un-employment and educational attainment.
Through the diverse range of programmes delivered by our Derby County Community Trust (DCCT), we aim to get people healthier and more active, raise attainment in schools, develop talent pathways and improve our local community.
Our partnership work underpins the entire scheme delivery programme and enables us to work strategically within Derbyshire. We are very aware of the cultural diversity that exists in our local community and we are committed to embracing it and providing equitable access.
Our Overview details the future direction of the scheme and sets out strategic targets to be achieved over a four year period between 2013 and 2016. It will also ensure that the delivery programme is underpinned by aims and objectives and clearly demonstrates a commitment from Derby County Football Club to enhance the lives of the community it serves