Millwall fans generosity sees them become fundraising champions in Cancer Deadline Day campaign

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It may have been a relatively quiet January transfer window but Millwall fans proved to be fundraising champions by digging deep and raising over £11,000 for cancer charities.

More than 50 clubs signed up to Cancer Deadline Day, a brand-new fundraising initiative raising money for eight of the biggest cancer charities.

Fans competed to raise the most money by the end of transfer deadline day, February 1st, with the Lions topping the table with more than double the amount of second-placed Brentford.

Overall, Millwall supporters raised £11,214 with Brentford fans raising £5,180 and Arsenal rounding out the top three by donating £1,709.

A staggering £28,116 was raised in total with Arsenal Women (5th) joined by West Ham United, Tottenham and Chelsea in the top 10.

Lifelong Millwall supporter Charlie Harris, who has terminal cancer, donated £400 to the cause alone and said: “As a lifetime supporter of Millwall, starting in the 50s, I give this donation in the hope that a cure will be found one day. Come on you Lions.”

Millwall manager Gary Rowett took time out to personally thank the 84-year-old, with Charlie telling him about some of his favourite Millwall memories throughout the years via a Zoom chat.

It is another example of the club’s supporters showcasing their generosity, having raised more than £16k for the Royal British Legion throughout November to make them the biggest EFL contributors to the charity.

And in December, match-worn shirts from the game against QPR where the usual Huski Chocolate sponsorship logo was replaced by Kick it Out – were auctioned off for more than £5,000 to raise funds for Kick it Out and the Millwall Community Trust.

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On Millwall’s fundraising achievements, Rowett added: “It just shows what our fans are all about.

“It’s not just about the football. I think you’ve seen previously just how generous they are and just what a community spirit there is around the club.

“I’m certainly proud. I said it before when I joined the club I was proud to be the Millwall manager, and that hasn’t changed and moments like that make you realise what a good club you’re at.”

Fans can still donate to the Cancer Deadline Day cause until World Cancer Day on February 4th by visiting the Cancer Deadline Day website.

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