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Prostate cancer champion overwhelmed by support

10 April 2015

Barlow has already doubled his initial target

Tony Barlow, Fleetwood Town’s prostate cancer UK champion has been overwhelmed with the support he has received from everyone connected to the Club.

Tony has smashed his initial target of £1,500, and yesterday he visited the training ground where first and youth team players contributed over a £1,000 to the fund.

He said: “I am overwhelmed by the support and generosity from my friends and family, the Fleetwood Town team and staff, Club sponsors and from the Fleetwood Town community in general. Training is going well - currently cycling 30 miles per day. The plan is to keep going and raising as much money as I can. It’s a fantastic gesture from the lads and I’ve now also got a bit of competition going with Preston North End’s manager Simon Grayson on how much I can raise too! I will not let you all down! ”

In a further boost this week, one of Fleetwood Town’s business club members ACE Supplies have sponsored Tony’s cycling kit, while Hilton Hotels group have sponsored Tony’s accommodation whilst in London. Another FTFC business club member Links Signs and Graphics also supplied Tony with a personalised cardboard cut out of himself to display in the main reception on match days to promote the cause.

Martin Booker said: “It’s fantastic that fans, staff and businesses are supporting Tony in his quest to raise funds for the charity and I’m sure he will raise much more prior to his cycle challenge in June.

Prostate Cancer is the Football League’s nominated charity. Prostate cancer kills one man every hour in the UK, and in 2014 riders from more than 50 clubs helped raise more than £200,000 to support the 250,000 men affected by the disease in the UK.

The London to Amsterdam Challenge is calling on fans to join a star-studded peloton cycling from Leyton Orient FC to Dutch giants Ajax. International trio Luther Blissett, Terry Butcher and Matt Holland will line up at The Matchroom Stadium in east London in the early hours of Friday 12 June 2015 for the third annual #L2A, aiming to raise over £250,000 to help save men’s lives and Tony will be riding for the Cod Army.

The 145-mile event includes a half-time pit-stop at Colchester United FC before the squad set sail from Harwich at the end of day one. The second day, Saturday, June 13th takes in a serene sojourn along the pristine pathways of the Netherlands culminating in a finale at the Amsterdam Arena.

To donate, visit his just giving page justgiving/Tony-barlow1/ or text TONB53 £5 to 70070. You can also donate to Tony on matchdays via main reception.

Keep up to date with latest news and updates on our official Twitter account @ftfc.

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