It was wet, but it was a winner

Hundreds of people braved the rain for a family fun day at Berkhamsted FC to raise awareness of prostate cancer.

Organised by prostate cancer survivor Benny Mitchell, 62, the day attracted around 500 people and raised more than £10,000.

Benny Mitchell's Prostate cancer fundraising day in Berkhamsted 2013.

Benny Mitchell's Prostate cancer fundraising day in Berkhamsted 2013.

The day featured a celebrity a six-a-side tournament – although only three former professional players turned out on the day – as well as an exhibition match from Watford Ladies FC, plus live music, hot food, and children’s entertainment.

“The weather was a bit of a downer but we had a great day overall,” said Benny. “Everyone enjoyed themselves and we raised a lot of money and awareness of prostate cancer.”

Former Hemel Town and Berkhamsted Town footballer Phil Waller was a guest of honour at the event, having lost both of his legs to diabetes in the past two years.

“He is a real inspiration,” said Benny. “He is an example to all of us.”

Benny and his brother Michael – an experienced marathon runner – have both beaten prostate cancer, inspiring Benny to set up a charity called A Sporting Hand.

And the money raised at Sunday’s fundraiser will go towards purchasing vital urology equipment at Lister Hospital in Stevenage.

Benny, who previously raised £24,000 at a fundraising auction at The Gatsby in Berkhamsted, has now gathered a total of £34,000 for the cause.

“We just want to let people know that these problems are saveable, you’ve just got to go and get yourself looked at,” he said.

> Two top raffle prizes were not claimed. Anybody with raffle numbers 154 and 203 should call Benny on 07973 863815.