University of Derby Men’s Football are hosting a charity football match at Pride Park on Friday 26th May.
This is not the first event this year – the club has been busy doing charity work behind the scenes all year-round, having taken part in Movember, organising a sponsored walk, and hosting their annual Christmas Cracker event, all in support of men’s mental health.
With numerous charity events raising awareness for men’s mental health, Social Sectary, Callum Teal explained why men’s mental health is so important to the club.
“I think it’s important not just to us but for everyone. We came together as a committee and chose St. Chad’s as it’s a local charity here in Derby, ran by one of the boys’ dads.
St Chad’s Supported Housing are a charity based in Derby that aim to provide supported accommodation for individuals with mental health issues.
“They help men with mental health problems. We hope that the money we’re able to raise could give them a few days out or help in any way it can.”
The prospect of raising money for a good cause and having a fun day-out has got everyone involved excited, but how did it come about?
“We’ve always wanted to do a football charity game where all of the profit on the day goes to St. Chad’s Supported Housing. We were going to play it at Kedleston Road until the opportunity came up to play at Pride Park.
It’ll be a great day-out for all of the club members who are leaving at the end of the year, and hopefully a good laugh as well,” Teal said.
The club feel a responsibility as one of the biggest societies at the University to use their channels as a way of promoting issues in the modern day.
“As a club, we do as much as we can for mental health, we did a walk for men’s mental health at the start of the year, we’ve done Movember and now this, it’s been a busy but good year,” Teal explained.
With over 50 tickets sold within the first week, at a price of five pounds per ticket, the club have already raised two hundred and fifty pounds for St. Chad’s.
With three charity events under their belt this year, the clubs charitable campaign has been a huge success and the club look forward to thanking everyone at Pride Park on the day of the game.
The game will be played at Pride Park Stadium, home of Derby County on the 26th May, with kick-off scheduled for 10am. Tickets can be bought on the door and you can donate to the clubs GoFundMe page.
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