Tottenham Hotspur and England footballer Kyle Walker joined Tottenham legend Gary Mabbutt to open a groundbreaking clinic set up to boost awareness of cancer.
The first ‘Get to know Cancer’ drop-in clinic in the capital was opened at Tottenham Community Sports Centre in High Road, Tottenham.
Funded by NHS England, the clinic will be offering health checks for people in the borough and give information about the signs of cancer.
The pair were joined by Edmonton cancer survivor Stephan Browne for the ribbon cutting.
The borough has some of the most deprived wards in the borough and John Hines, urological cancer pathway director at London Cancer, explained how the clinic would target men in particular.
He said: “This is a project we have been working on for about a year and we are really proud to be opening the first drop in clinic in the capital, here in Tottenham.
“We are very grateful to have Tottenham Hotspur’s backing and we hope that this will provide an opportunity for people, in particular men, to seek advice about cancer.
“Men are much less likely to book an appointment with a doctor but here they can come down without an appointment without having to see a doctor.”
Trained nurses will be at the community centre on Tuesdays from 4pm to 7pm, Thursdays from 10am to 4pm and Saturdays from 10am to 2pm to give out advice.
Spurs' FA Cup winning captain Gary Mabbutt says cancer can strike anyone - but men often believe they are ‘invincible’ when it comes to illness.
He said: “Cancer affects everybody whether you have it or not. My dear friend Roger Lloyd-Pack was due to visit my box for a game this month but unfortunately he’s passed away through cancer.
“Men think that they are invincible when it comes to illness and won’t get things checked out. This is something which needs to stop and we are raising awareness of cancer by supporting this new drop-in clinic.”
Kyle Walker said: “I think it is massively important that Tottenham Hotspur are supporting this centre and we have been proud to support the ‘Get to Know Cancer’ campaign throughout the season.
“As Gary said, it can affect so many people and the clinic will hopefully allow more people to talk openly about their health concerns.”