Darts legends back Prostate Cancer UK bid
PUBLISHED: 17:30 12 December 2017
Darting royalty Dennis Priestley, Martin Adams and Bobby George have stepped up to the oche in the fight against prostate cancer, attending an exclusive event at a pub that has signed up as a Men United Arms venue in London.
The legendary trio supported the leading men’s health charity’s drive against the most common cancer in med at a special pub event in The Minories, Tower Hill, two days before the PDC World Championships kick off at Alexandra Palace – and a month before the BDO tournament concludes in Frimley Green, Surrey.
The Men United Arms is Prostate Cancer UK’s unique experience for pubs, bars and clubs and its aim is to raise awareness of prostate cancer and get conversations started in places where people feel comfortable talking.
Landlords and licensees have also been tasked with raising funds for Prostate Cancer UK by hosting events amongst their customers, including darts, racing and quiz nights.
One in eight men in the UK will be affected by prostate cancer and it’s a disease that has directly affected both Priestley and Adams; the duo not just having five world titles between them, but also two prostate cancer diagnoses.
Adams is gunning for a fourth BDO World title at Frimley Green in January as he continues his own fight against the disease.
Priestley, 67, is the only man to have won both the PDC and BDO World Championships at the first attempt, and January 2018 marks 10 years since his surgery to combat prostate cancer.
The 1991 and 1994 champion said: “I’m the proof after ten years if you get it diagnosed early enough you can beat prostate cancer. I always tell people not to be shy; to go and see their doctors if they are worried. Being shy could cost you your life.
“This is a great incentive. Pubs predominantly are where men want to go and they are usually around my age, from 40s into 70s and that’s around the time you need to be aware of problems with prostate cancer.”
Adams, 61, won his three world crowns in 2007, 2010 and 2011, but was diagnosed in April 2016.
He added: “The support I have received has been unbelievable and overwhelming, both locally and from the darting community.
“I’ve also met and spoken to a lot of people who are going through prostate cancer or know someone or are just worried about it. I always say to go and speak to a doctor or look on the Prostate Cancer UK website.
“The wealth of information on there is incredible and not just the information but a whole community of people who are going through the same thing and can react and speak to each other in the forum.”
Larger than life east Londoner George, who turns 72 on December 16, is twice a World Championship runner-up and a big supporter of the Men United Arms campaign.
He added: “It’s great to be able to support on such an important campaign, which is why it’s so important that pubs and landlords get fundraising for this cause but also start raising awareness among their locals of this disease.
“Awareness is the key. If we can get landlords to start conversations in their pubs about this, the more we can save lives. Prostate cancer is something that as men we need to be aware of. Every 45 minutes a man dies, that’s a lot of guys. To help people to be aware of it and getting pubs to raise awareness and fundraise, it’s a great place to start.”
James Beeby, director of fundraising for Prostate Cancer UK, said: “We’re proud of our work across the entire sporting spectrum and it’s great to team up with three legends of the game in Dennis, Martin and Bobby to further spread the word.
“It’s all about knowing the numbers when you are playing darts, but not enough people are aware of the harsh statistics about this disease.
“Darts and pubs go hand in hand, and we also need landlords to join others across the country and come together to support their customers in helping beat this disease.
“Prostate Cancer affects every community. One in eight men will be diagnosed in the UK and one man dies from prostate cancer every 45 minutes. I encourage all landlords to turn their pubs into a Men United Arms to help us save men’s lives.”
To find out how you could help stop prostate cancer being a killer visit: prostatecanceruk.org/darts.