TV legend Jeff Stelling to visit Elland Road on Prostate Cancer UK charity walk in memory of friend Lloyd Pinder
TV legend Jeff Stelling will stop at Elland Road on his fourth charity football walk for Prostate Cancer UK, in memory of his friend Lloyd Pinder.
The long-serving Sky Sports presenter raised more than £1m for the charity walking across the UK in 2016, 2017 and 2019.
He will undertake his fourth March for Men this August and September - and he wants 400 football fans to join him.
This year, Stelling will dedicate the walk to Lloyd Pinder, who sadly died of the disease last year after striking up a friendship with Stelling on the first marathon march.
The father-of-two, from South Milford, was 43 when he was diagnosed with a severe form of prostate cancer in 2016.
Sadly he died in September 2020 but during those intervening years, Lloyd threw himself into fundraising for Prostate Cancer UK
Lloyd joined Stelling on his first walk in 2016, from York City to Leeds United.
He walked again in 2017 and was there to meet him at the finish line at Tottenham Hotspur in 2019, alongside former Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and England goalkeeper Ray Clemence - who also died last year.
Stelling said: “So much has changed since the end of my last walk in 2019. Two great friends met me on the finish line that day, are both sadly no longer with us, both victims of prostate cancer.
"I met Lloyd on the second day of my very first march for Prostate Cancer UK up in Yorkshire.
"This highlights once more what an indiscriminate disease this is, and it’s for men like Lloyd and Ray, their families and everyone affected by prostate cancer that we march again.”
This summer, Stelling will take on four walking marathons in four regions, starting in the North East on August 30.
On August 31 he will head into Yorkshire, where his route will take him from Harrogate Town to Elland Road, with a poignant stop at Lloyd's former club Kirk Deighton Rangers AFC in Wetherby along the way.
Stelling then heads to Merseyside on September 1 and his March for Men finishes in London on September 4, when he will complete 100 miles in a week.
Lloyd's wife Tina Pinder, who will walk the opening two legs, said: "I was blown away when I heard about the march paying tribute to Lloyd.
"He wasn’t a public figure yet Prostate Cancer UK and Stelling are continuing to honour him, and that shows what an amazing guy he was.
"He played for Kirk Deighton for over 30 years and it meant the world to him. He would be delighted to know that everyone will be walking past it."
The march will raise money for lifesaving research to improve testing, treatments and care for those affected by the most common cancer in men.
Stelling added: "Covid has had a horrific impact on lives across the UK, but prostate cancer has not gone away. In fact, it’s now more important than ever that we support men and their loved ones.
“One in eight men in the UK will get prostate cancer in their lifetime. I deal in stats, but that one still shocks me. This is our dads, partners, brothers, grandads, uncles and friends.
“That’s why I wear the Prostate Cancer UK ‘Man of Men’ badge.
"That’s why we’ve marched across the UK three times, helping raise more than £1m for crucial research to beat prostate cancer.
"And that’s why I’d love you to join me this summer. As ever we’ll visit some iconic clubs and I’m hoping a few familiar faces will join me along the way.“
More than 1,200 football fans and supporters have joined Stelling in the past as he marched from Hartlepool to Wembley in 2016, Exeter to Newcastle in 2017 and all four UK nations in four days in 2019.
Across all four walks, he's visited 89 football clubs and walked 750 miles.
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