A NORTH Yorkshire football club, famous for sporting unconventional football kits, are set to showcase a new kit by sponsor HECK.

This year the Bedale AFC's kit is going "see through" as part of their new male cancer campaign in conjunction with HECK to raise awareness of prostate and testicular cancer.

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Called the "Let's Be Clear" campaign, the new kit swaps HECK for CHECK to encourage men to check themselves regularly and see their GP if they spot a problem.

The Northern Echo:

£5 of very shirt sold is set to be donated to UK male cancer charities.

The club has previously worked with the Bedale-based food company to raise almost £200,000 for Prostate Cancer UK through shirt sales and other fundraising initiatives and are hoping to reach their goal of £250,000 by the end of the year.

The two joined forces after both losing loved ones to prostate cancer. HECK co-founder, Andrew Keeble, lost his father at age of 77 and Steve Garbett, a good friend of the football club, died in 2014.

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Andrew's son was also diagnosed with testicular cancer at the age of 25, but after a trip to his GP it was caught early, treated and he is now in remission.

Club chairman Martyn Coombs, said: "We got such a huge response to the kit and were inundated with requests to buy them, so we decided to produce extra shirts to cope with demand and, with £5 from the sale of every shirt donated to charity, we now raise thousands of pounds every year.

The Northern Echo:

"This year we’re supporting a testicular cancer charity too."

Andrew Keeble said: "My father approached his GP after experiencing difficulties but, by then, it was too late. Prostate cancer is absolutely something we can do something about."

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"Men are often too embarrassed, too shy, or too ruddy stubborn, to get it checked out."


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