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BUCKET COLLECTION: ANDYS MAN CLUB

8 March 2019

Andys Man Club will be hosting a bucket collection at the Northern Commercials Stadium ahead of kick-off tomorrow.

Over 1,100 supporters voted for the suicide prevention charity - and founder of the social media campaign #ITSOKAYTOTALK - to host a bucket collection on Saturday March 9 (Bradford City v Peterborough United, kick-off 3:00pm).

In Summer 2018, the club announced a new and exciting opportunity that would give charities the chance to work alongside Bradford City and host a bucket collection at one of the five selected fixtures throughout the 2018/19 season. 

Every penny raised at the bucket collection will go to the charity, to help them fund the amazing work they do.

Suicide is the biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK. One man every two hours ends their life by suicide, and 75% of men that end their lives have no known mental health condition and are not known to services.

Established in 2016, Andy's Man Club was formed after the tragic loss of Andrew Roberts to suicide. Andrew had no known mental health condition and they believe if he had a place to go and talk, he would have been here today.

Andrew’s brother-in-law and mother – Luke Ambler and Elaine Roberts – wanted to prevent other families going through the tragedy they have.

Men often feel that showing emotion and talking about problems can be seen as a weakness, but at Andy's Man Club, men can attend support groups where they can meet likeminded men, to help each other through tough times from shared experience.

The first group was opened in Halifax in 2016 where nine men attended – two years later, the Shay Stadium opens it’s doors to 50+ men every Monday evening to have a chat and get problems off their chest.

All of their groups are run by volunteers up and down the UK, including one in Peterborough.

In summer last year, the charity launched a club in Peterborough - so they are excited to spread the word about their work, and raise awareness in two cities. 

A spokesperson from the charity said: "We are super excited to be coming along on Saturday and we would like to thank Bradford City for this amazing opportunity to spend vital awareness about our clubs across two cities we work in.

"This is a fantastic opportunity to raise funds which will help continue the work that we are doing across the UK and Scotland.

"If you see us, please come and say hello and find out more information about what we do."

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Charity number: 1179647

Website: Click here. 

Twitter: @andysmanclubuk

Facebook: @andysmanclub


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