England footballers donate match fees to Cancer Research UK

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Cancer Research UK has welcomed the England football team's decision to donate part of their match fees to the charity.

Since 2007, the England team have donated all of their match fees to charity, raising more than £1 million in the process.

The England Footballers Foundation announced that, as well as continuing to support its own Outreach Programme, the team have decided to work with Cancer Research UK and Help for Heroes.

England captain Rio Ferdinand said: "As a squad we decided a few years ago that we would donate all our match fees to charity and that we would collectively donate time to highlight the great work which our chosen charity partners do.

"This year the team decided that we would work with Help for Heroes, Cancer Research UK and our Outreach Programme."

England and Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard added that the squad had chosen to work with Cancer Research UK "because most people know someone who has been affected by cancer".

Richard Taylor, executive director of fundraising and supporter marketing at Cancer Research UK, said: "We are delighted that the England Footballers Foundation has chosen Cancer Research UK as its charity partner for the next four years.

"The foundation, amongst other activities, will fund one of our Cancer Awareness Roadshow units, which visits local communities and provides people with information on how to reduce their risk of cancer and the importance of early detection."