London Irish will be tackling a series of fundraising challenges as part of a new charity partnership with Cancer Research UK.
The Aviva Premiership club has teamed up with the charity to raise funds for life-saving research to help more men, women and children in London and across the UK survive the disease.
The partnership will kick-off with a VIP bus tour for fans following the London Double Header match on Saturday 28 November at Twickenham.
Featuring as part of London Irish player Topsy Ojo’s Testimonial event, guests will board the bus at Twickenham stadium at 8.30pm and enjoy complimentary drinks, music from a DJ and a chance to meet London Irish players before getting free entry and a welcome drink at Grace Bar in London.
Tickets cost £50 with all revenue going to Cancer Research UK and are available by calling 01932 750 100.
The Club also hopes to get behind a number of Cancer Research UK fundraising campaigns in 2016.
Bob Casey, Chief Executive at London Irish said: "We are really excited to be launching our new charity partnership with Cancer Research UK.
"Cancer affects so many people and many friends, loved ones and colleagues have been touched by it. That’s why at London Irish we’re committed to raising as much money as we can to help beat cancer sooner.
"I am confident that our players, staff and supporters will pull out all the stops to reach our goal."
Cancer Research UK fundraising manager Stephanie Maddox said: "It’s fantastic that London Irish have pledged to support Cancer Research UK and we wish them the best of luck with their fundraising.
"Cancer Research UK has made enormous progress in the fight against cancer. However, we have only been able to do this thanks to the dedication and commitment of our supporters like London Irish without whom we would not be able to fund our research."
Every hour, more than three people are diagnosed with cancer in London*.
Cancer survival rates have doubled since the 1970s and Cancer Research UK’s work has been at the heart of that progress. But more funds and more supporters are needed to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.
For further information about Cancer Research UK’s work or to find out how to support the charity, please call 0300 123 1022 or visit cruk.org
*Approximation based on annual average figure of around 29,300 cases of all cancers (excluding non-melanoma skin cancer) diagnosed between 2009-2011 in the London Region.
Source: HSCIC (2013). Incidence of all cancers: directly standardised rate, all ages, 3-year average, MFP. Accessed 21/07/2014.