Ilkeston’s Manor Health and Racquets Club racquetball team have become the first to be sponsored by a national charity.
Prostate Cancer UK have provided the team with t-shirts to wear during their participation in the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Leagu
e, in order to raise awareness about the disease.
The club have raised approximately £500 through the sale of bands, key rings, and badges, donations from members, and events held at the club.
Friday 28th November saw a Doubles Racquetball tournament held at the Manor Squash Club, which included charity challenges and a presentation night afterwards.
Don Davis, organiser of the sponsorship, said: “The club have been very supportive and the donations and involvement from members has been amazing.”
The tournament featured some of the club’s most talented players, with Neil Tatham and Ant Horsley being crowned winners of the night.
Neil said: “With a bit of luck and fitness we topped off a great night with a win, but the most important thing was the money raised for the charity.”
A second Motown themed charity night is to be held at the Manor on February 21st 2015, where members hope to raise even more money for the charity.
Over 40,000 men in the UK are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year.
The Men United campaign began earlier this year with comedian Bill Bailey supporting thousands of football fans to ‘man up’ and regularly check for signs of cancer.