Hammers help Fund cause

Former West Ham United favourites Bobby Gould and Scott Minto will be taking part in a special charity football match for the Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK on Wednesday evening.

Gould and Minto will be joined on the pitch in Hyde Park by Hammers matchday programme columnist and talkSPORT colleague Ian 'Moose' Abrahams as part of the UEFA Champions Festival - a free week-long event being held at Speakers' Corner in the lead-up to Saturday's UEFA Champions League final.

The trio will form part of a talkSPORT side who will be taking on the All-Parliamentary Football Team, consisting of MPs from all corners of the political spectrum, at 6.30pm.

Stephanie Moore MBE, founder of the Bobby Moore Fund and the widow of the West Ham and England legend, said the event would be both a fun occasion and an opportunity for fans of all ages to find out more about the disease that tragically took her husband's life in February 1993.

"UEFA have generously made a donation to the Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK and allowed us to put a Cancer Unit at the festival at Speakers' Corner.

"The Cancer Unit holds two qualified cancer nurses and we're encouraging everyone, through football, to just step in and ask about cancer and anything they are worried about.

"There is a private consultation room there where we can do BMI and smoker-analyser tests to see how smoking is affecting your health, and there brochures and information about all the different types of cancer.

"We need to target men because we know that more men die of cancer than women in more forms of cancer.

"I'm encouraging people to please step into our unit and get some information. Men and women are all welcome."

While Stephanie is eager for as many people as possible to make checks on their health, she said the Champions Festival would also provide visitors with the opportunity to watch some very special - and unique - football matches.

"We've got a great match going on on Wednesday night between the All-Parliamentary Football Team and a team from talkSPORT. We're encouraging people to come down and watch that.

"There's so much going on there and it's all free. It'll be great for families. There's an opportunity to have your picture taken with the UEFA Champions League trophy, the Theatre of Champions and Museum of Champions and there will be a five-a-side youth tournament featuring local schools and community groups, as well as skills and coaching courses for youngsters.

"This carries on until Saturday until a few hours before the UEFA Champions League final. On Saturday at 1pm, Gary Lineker is heading up an England team against a team of previous UEFA Champions League winners from Europe."

For more information about the UEFA Champions Festival, click here.