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PFA launches skin cancer awareness campaign

From left to right: Ben Futcher, Gillian Nuttall, Colette Futcher, Gordon Taylor Photo: Melanoma UK

The Professional Footballers Association (PFA) has announced their latest partnership with Manchester based skin cancer charity, Melanoma UK.

Following the death of Chester footballer Paul Futcher, in November 2016, the PFA announced its partnership with the charity.

The ‘Paul Futcher Fund’ will help to raise awareness of skin cancer to football players and fans across the country.

Melanoma UK will visit Bolton, Huddersfield Town, Preston North End, Bury, Oldham Athletic and Rochdale Town between January and February to teach players about the dangers of skin cancer and how to check for irregularities.

Gillian Nuttall, CEO of Melanoma UK added:

We were deeply saddened by the passing of Paul, who gave everything to the clubs he played for and managed.

Melanoma is a cruel disease which takes far too many people from us each year.

We’re delighted to be partnering with the PFA to help raise awareness with football players and all those involved with the sport. It’s important that players are aware of the dangers of not protecting themselves and learn how to check themselves regularly.

– Gillian Nuttall, CEO of Melanoma UK

Paul Futcher, who made 763 senior career appearances battled cancer after innovative treatments in melanoma failed to combat the disease.

Former club Grimsby Town said:

Futcher is one of the greatest footballers ever to have graced Blundell Park. It is impossible to describe the complete admiration we had for him, or the feeling inside as his wonderful abilities dominated matches.

– Grimsby Town
  • Melanoma, the most aggressive form of skin cancer, is on the increase in the UK with over 14,000 cases diagnosed in 2015, leading to 2,200 deaths.
  • Clubs can get involved by contacting the PFA or by contacting Melanoma UK on 0808 171 2455 or