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26 March 2019



26 March 2019

The club is delighted to announce that Andy's Man Club raised over £1,000 when holding a bucket collection at the Northern Commercials Stadium last week.

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).

To make this collection unique, two Andy's Man Clubs, from two different cities (Bradford and Peterborough) came together to raise vital funds for their work - as pictured above. 

In total, they raised £1015.90 and every penny raised has gone straight to the charity, to help them fund the amazing work they do.

Suicide is the biggest killer of men under the age of 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.

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.

Andrew Greenway, Project Development Worker at Andy's Man Club, said: "The day was fantastic! It was a great opportunity to mix with the public and raise both funds and awareness for Andy's Man Club.

"Everyone that we spoke to gave us amazing feedback and the amount raised tops it off.

"It was an honour to work with BCAFC as it allowed us to raise both funds and spread awareness to a very male orientated audience - it was a privilege.

"We would like to say a huge thank you to the public. The funds will allow us to keep spreading across the country and helping more men improve their lives, including in both Bradford and Peterborough!

Andrew added: "It was stunning to bring two of the clubs together. 
Our group members often refer to being part of a brotherhood. 

That was certainly in evidence on the day as the guys bonded together and raised an amazing amount of both money and awareness!"

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