Southampton Football Club is proud to be supporting World Pancreatic Cancer Day on Thursday 16th November.
Through Kelvin Davis’ heavy involvement with the Liver & Pancreatic Research and Development Cancer Charity, Saints are helping to raise further awareness of a cause close to the former goalkeeper’s heart.
Kelvin is patron and chairman of the Liver & Pancreatic Research and Development Cancer Charity, having got to know its founder, Mo Abu Hilal, who performed emergency appendix surgery on his wife, Kelly, in 2014.
The goalkeeper’s testimonial last year also raised vital funds for the Southampton-based charity, and now the club is showing further support for an important cause.
Throughout the week, the Ted Bates statue at St Mary’s has been lit a violet hue – the colour of the charity – to mark World Pancreatic Cancer Day.
Liver and Pancreatic Cancer affects more than 15,000 patients in the UK every year. There is still a scarcity of funds dedicated to research to improve early detection and survival rates, which are not improving.
“We want people to find out more about the disease and how we can raise funds to fight back,” Kelvin said.
“The purple lighting can help to spread awareness of the underfunding of this particular cancer and what it’s capable of.
“Hopefully we can reverse some of the statistics that are out there at the moment, which aren’t particularly good and haven’t improved over the last 40 years.
“It’s something I’ve thrown myself into to do as much as I can.”
Visit facebook.com/LAPRANDD to find out more about the charity’s work.
To learn more about World Pancreatic Cancer Day, please click here.