Dalkeith Thistle CFC has announced that once again it will be supporting Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. The Midlothian side will be teaming up with Pancreatic Cancer UK to help raise awareness and funds to support early diagnosis research.
This is the third year of the club supporting the charity, which started when Football Development Officer Jamie Smith sadly lost his father to pancreatic cancer in 2019.
Last year, they raised a fantastic £300 for the charity, and thanks to a hefty donation from Terry Healy Group Ltd, the grand total amounted to £550.
Ahead of the start of their campaign this year, the club released a short statement on their reasons behind raising money for Pancreatic Cancer UK: “Dalkeith Thistle CFC will once again be joining forces with Pancreatic Cancer UK to raise awareness and vital funds during November to help get closer to get that breakthrough in early diagnosis research.
“Our Campaign started three years ago when our Football Development Officer Jamie Smith lost his dad to Pancreatic Cancer, sadly during the three years the club have also lost Club Chairman Stevie Dixon and Club Coach Ronnie Stuart to this horrible disease.
“For every goal our seven, nine & 11-a-side teams score during November we will be donating £1 to PCUK. All Players during games will be wearing a purple armband to show awareness.”
It is a great initiative by Dalkeith Thistle, raising not only vital funds but also more awareness. They are even helping to educate people more about pancreatic cancer and the research being done to improve early diagnosis. For many reasons, this is a charity close to the club’s heart.
Jamie Smith was asked about their upcoming campaign: “The club wanted to raise money and awareness for PCUK during Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month and tie this in with my dad’s love of football and scoring goals, so we started donating £1 for every goal.
“I think that we have such close connections with PCUK and we know that Stevie, Ronnie and my dad would be proud of the way we raise funds and awareness through our love of football.”
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