BARNSLEY Football Club’s charity wing has been successful for a grant to support residents across the town.

The Barnsley FC Community Trust will now support the Take Action, Live Longer Scheme for early cancer screening working in partnership with NHS South Yorkshire ICB, Barnsley Council and Barnsley CVS on behalf of South Yorkshire Cancer Alliance.

The funding will help address health inequalities and support timely presentation of signs and symptoms of cancer.

Bosses say they plan to utilise funding to run a series of events which will help raise cancer awareness amongst people in the most deprived areas of Barnsley and to spot cancer sooner, helping save more lives.

The trust’s head of health and wellbeing, Sean Margison, said: “Unfortunately, one in two of us will have to deal with cancer in our lifetime, we stress the importance of cancer awareness within our Fit Reds session and are keen to spread awareness to the wider Barnsley community, we would like to thank our partners in providing the funding in order for us to achieve this and support the Take Action, Live Longer Scheme.”

Funding will also be used for important sessions which will be shared to existing participants, staff and include first team involvement and match day takeovers in the new season.