Doncaster Racecourse has joined the fight to tackle prostate cancer by launching a new initiative for this year’s upcoming Ladbrokes St. Leger Festival.
The third day of the famous four-day bonanza, the Socialites E-Cigarettes Doncaster Cup Day, is being dubbed Gentlemen’s Day and will provide a platform for men of all ages to don their racing finery and raise money for Prostate Cancer UK.
A new addition to this year’s line-up, Gentlemen’s Day takes place on Friday September 11 and will see men from all over the country flock to the racecourse to enjoy the two-and-a-quarter mile Doncaster Cup – one of the UK’s premier races for long-distance horses. But amid the enjoyment racegoers will also be able to learn more about prostate cancer, which is the most common cancer in men across the UK.
With more than 42,000 men diagnosed with prostate cancer every year in the UK and one in eight men at risk of developing the disease, Prostate Cancer UK has built a 230,000-plus army of supporters who are backing its Men United movement – a campaign to help men all over the country beat prostate cancer.
Kieran Gallagher, Executive Director at Doncaster Racecourse, said: “We’re very excited to be holding Gentlemen’s Day for the first time at the festival this year. While we’re sure that it will attract keen male race-goers from all over the country, it will also be a great opportunity to support a charity that conducts vital research into one of the UK’s most common cancers in men.
“We hope that racegoers will be able to raise as much money as possible for Prostate Cancer UK, and show their support by joining Men United.”
Mark Bishop, Director of Fundraising at Prostate Cancer UK, said: “It’s fantastic to see that Doncaster Racecourse has decided to put on Gentlemen’s Day to help raise funds for Prostate Cancer UK. By doing this they are joining Men United and helping to make a real difference in furthering the fight against prostate cancer.
“We thank Doncaster Racecourse and wish them every success with the festival.”
Gentlemen’s Day will be third main showpiece event of the four-day festival, which takes place this year from September 9-12, and will also include a competition to crown the best dressed male.
Gentlemen’s Day follows the J2O Spritz Leger Legends on day one of the festival, which is followed by the glitz and glamour of DFS Ladies’ Day on September 10. The Ladbrokes St. Leger Stakes brings the four-day bonanza to a dramatic climax on September 12.
Full information about the festival, including ticket details, can be found at http://www.doncaster-racecourse.co.uk/st-leger/.
To find out more about Prostate Cancer UK and Men United, visit http://prostatecanceruk.org/.