IF you’ve ever wanted to wear your football shirt to work, you can TODAY – and for a good cause!
Thousands of sport fans and celebrities will be celebrating Football Shirt Friday, which is held for victims of bowel cancer.
What is Football Shirt Friday?
Football Shirt Friday is a fundraising day which is hosted by the Bobby Moore fund.
On the day, people are encouraged to wear a football shirt to work and pay £2 to the charity to help beat bowel cancer.
This year’s fifth Football Shirt Friday is backed by celebs including Sir Geoff Hurst, Frank Lampard, Robbie Savage and Claire Balding.
Loads of schools, clubs, offices and workplaces are also taking part.
When is Football Shirt Friday?
The charity event is taking place on Friday April 28, so make sure to have you kit to hand.
TV star Vicky Pattison had her Newcastle kit at the ready for Football Shirt Friday and says: “Let’s raise some serious money!
“I’m so pleased and proud to be supporting Football Shirt Friday this year, wearing my Newcastle shirt of course!!”
What’s Football Shirt Friday in aid of?
The Bobby Moore fund was started five years ago by Bobby’s wife Stephanie, after the footballing legend died of bowel cancer aged 51.
The World Cup skipper passed away from the disease in 1993, yet nine out of ten sufferers survive if it is caught early.
The fund has raised £23million so far.
How can I get involved with Football Shirt Friday?
To take part in the nationwide event, simply wear your football shirt to work and donate £2 to the cause.
You can hold Football Shirt Friday in your office, school or community, so everyone can get involved.
Share pictures from your event on social media using the hashtag #FootballShirtFriday.
WHAT ARE THE KEY SIGNS OF BOWEL CANCER?
Bowel cancer can be treated, but the earlier it is diagnosed the better a patient’s chance of survival.
If you suffer any symptoms, however embarrassing you may think they are, go to see your doctor.
GPs deal with bowels, tummy problems, diarrhoea and all sorts on a regular basis, so what may seem grim to you, is part of their normal working day.
The key signs you could have bowel cancer include:
- bleeding from your bottom, and/or blood in your poo
- a change in bowel habit lasting three weeks or longer
- unexplained weight loss
- extreme tiredness for no obvious reason
- a pain or lump in your tummy
Most of the time, a person suffering these symptoms won’t have bowel cancer.
Other health problems can cause similar symptoms, but it is vital doctors rule out cancer early on.