Yorkshire Cancer Research has been announced as the official charity partner of Leeds United for the 2020/21 season.
Throughout the year, the newly promoted club will work with the charity to raise awareness of the world-leading research taking place across the region to help more people avoid and survive cancer.
Every part of the Leeds United ‘family’, from the players to the fans, will be urged to get behind the charity and support its work to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer in Yorkshire.
Dr Kathryn Scott, Chief Executive at Yorkshire Cancer Research, said: “We all know Leeds United fans are up there with the best in the world and we can’t wait to let them know all about the work we’re doing to save lives in Yorkshire.
“As the year progresses, we’ll have opportunities for fans affected by cancer to get involved, including the chance to take part in a cancer rehabilitation training session led by the players to showcase how exercise after a cancer diagnosis can help stop cancer coming back.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for the charity to raise awareness of our aim to make sure people with cancer in our region are diagnosed as early as possible and have access to the very best treatments. With the support of Leeds United fans, we will save more lives in Yorkshire.”
Paul Bell, Executive Director at Leeds United said: “We are delighted to welcome Yorkshire Cancer Research as our charity partner for the 2020/21 season.
“So many people across the city of Leeds have either been affected or lost loved ones to cancer and the work the charity is conducting is vital for the region.
“As a club we are committed to the local community and if we can help to raise awareness among our supporter base and save just one life, then this collaboration will have made a huge difference.”
Funds raised through the partnership will help support vital cancer research across Leeds and the wider Yorkshire region. Since 2000, Yorkshire Cancer Research has funded more than £40 million of research in Leeds.
One of the charity’s flagship programmes is the Leeds Lung Health Check, a multi-million pound clinical trial which is helping people in Leeds benefit from life-saving scans designed to find lung cancer at the earliest possible stage. The charity is also funding Cancer Wise Leeds, which aims to improve screening participation in the city in partnership with Leeds City Council as part of the Leeds Cancer Programme.
To find out more and make a donation, visit www.ycr.org.uk/lufc.