As part of the clubs successful Community Programme, the Lakeside Hammers are delighted to provide their backing and support for a Charity Football match in May 2019, which is being held to raise invaluable funds for Mind UK, the UK charity which provides support and advice for all aspects of mental health.
Approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year. In England, 1 in 6 people report experiencing a common mental health problem (such as anxiety and depression) in any given week
The Charity Football match initiative, which has full authorisation from Mind UK, has been set up by Hammers fan Danny Brumpton (pictured with Ben Morley), who having suffered and recovered from depression and anxiety, is now looking at ways to help the charity, which helped him.
Danny has provided an open, honest account of his experiences and the reason behind his vision;
“My name is Danny, I am a 28 year old guy and in most ways just the same as every other guy my age.
Four years ago I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety, for me this absolutely rocked my world, as a guy that was always the life and soul of a group and the first to joke about any situation.
With this new found information I started to bottle every little thing up and wouldn’t even speak to my best friends about anything. I would even shy away from going to speedway even though it was a sport I love and a best friend of mine (Benjamin Morley) was riding. I couldn’t face day to day life.
It was at this point when the suicidal thoughts and attempts began to occur, I just wanted the war in my own mind to stop.
After a few failed attempts and some harsh years, I realised I needed to open up.
It wasn’t until I rekindled my love for playing and watching the beautiful game of football, aside with starting to go back to speedway at the Raceway, with people who loved me for being me, that I found a new confidence to open up with how I was feeling.
It was at this point that I spoke to ‘Mind UK’ – a charity that specialises in helping people with mental illnesses – who helped me immensely.
Ultimately, I put football, speedway, friends, family and Mind UK as the reasons I survived that tough time and I’m looking to give something back, while merging the two.
After a full recovery and fully being taken off any medication for it, I feel it’s my time to give back to Mind UK and also try to do my bit for football on behalf of and with all those with mental illnesses.
With this idea, I wanted to do a yearly football match and bring everyone together to try and show that there is always somebody there for you in tough times.
I have contacted Southend United to use Roots Hall for a charity football match and they have agreed, and this is something I plan to do on a yearly basis perhaps even at different stadiums.
- The idea is to have two teams of 16 players, 11 starters and 5 substitutes.
- To play it costs £25 each; this would cover the cost of Roots Hall for the day.
- Entry to the stadium is £5 on the day, (All Gate Proceeds To Mind)
- There will be raffles and auctions there too as well as entertainment for children such as face painting. Auction items include salon vouchers for women, a signed West Ham United 2009/10 top and various other vouchers and memorabilia.
Each player is guaranteed to play, at least for an hour. The game is scheduled to take place in May 2019, with the official date to be confirmed.
Thank you for taking the time to read this, and if you can help by donating anything you can, even £1, I will be greatly appreciative.
Thank you, Danny.”
The Hammers will use all of their digital and social channels, and those of the speedway community, to help spread the message, and to provide on-going updates regarding the match and any additional information.
The Hammers Community Manager Mark Sexton commented:
“More and more people are suffering from various forms of mental illness and the need for continued investment for support and research is undeniable. I’ve known Danny for a while through our mutual friendship with Ben (Morley) and really admire his honesty about his own experiences and therefore the Lakeside Hammers Community Programme is delighted to support his plan to fundraise on behalf of Mind UK and we hope we can help to raise awareness and funds for this wonderful charity.”
Contact & Links
If you wish to help out in any way, you can contact Danny using the following methods:
Facebook Event page: Click here to launch
GoFundMe link: https://www.gofundme.com/charityfootball2019
To contact Danny by E-mail, click here
To view the certificate of authorisation from Mind UK click here
To contact Mind UK direct, please click here
Click here to learn more about the Hammers Community Programme