Clarets fan meets club boss at Wembley final

John Heyworth, left, meets Leyton Orient manager Russell Slade

John Heyworth, left, meets Leyton Orient manager Russell Slade

First published in News Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Chief reporter

ONE Clarets fan was only too happy to travel to Wembley to share in the tension of the Football League play-offs.

Burnley FC may have comfortably dodged a nerve-jangling trip to north London after securing automatic promotion.

But John Heyworth was invited to the national stadium as a guest of honour by Prostate Cancer UK, before the Leyton Orient and Rotherham clash.

John, from Barrowford, was inducted into the charity’s Men United hall of fame by Clarets boss Sean Dyche for his work in publicising the treatment of the condition.

And, as a reward, John, along with his wife Geraldine, was yesterday part of the party presented to the players, and officials, involved in the play-off tussle.

John was diagnosed with the cancer at the age of 59, but had encountered problems around a decade earlierr. He decided to become involved as a volunteer for Prostate Cancer UK after reading a piece on the Clarets’ website.

John said: “Initially, I became a volunteer for the charity providing support to other people going thr-ough what I went through.

“Now, after training from the charity, I talk competently to anyone about prostate cancer.”

His role has seen him address a wide range of audiences, from political party conferences to small social groups. And the keen runner is still an avid fundraiser for the cause, having recently completed the Manchester 10km run.

He added: “This cause is now more pertinent than ever for me.

“I recently found out that my cancer has returned, and I will be receiving further treatment in my bid to fight this disease.”

He is urging people to sign up for Men United, supported by stars such as Bill Bailey, Stephen Fry and John Simm, through the char-ity, by texting MEN to 70004 and making a £5 donation.

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