FAMILY tragedy led a supporter of the Gurnard Tigers to make a £500 donation to the youth soccer workforce.
In flip, the workforce is utilizing its new package to make folks extra conscious of the work of the NHS and psychological well being consciousness in younger males, after benefactor, Matt Blanch’, suffered the lack of his stepson, who took his personal life when aged 18.
All of it stemmed from an enchantment for sponsorship for the Tigers, put out by its supervisor, Darren Williams, on social media.
Mr Blanch was a kind of who responded.
The NHS brand has been embossed onto the workforce’s strips and tracksuits, sponsored by Isle of Wight corporations WRS Programs and DW Building, with Each Thoughts Issues data embossed onto their package luggage.
The Each Thoughts Issues marketing campaign, supported by the NHS and Public Well being England, provides folks the talents to enhance their psychological well being.
Darren defined: “Matt needed to make a gesture to thank the NHS within the present Covid local weather and to attempt to increase consciousness of psychological well being points affecting younger males following his family tragedy.
“Matt believes if his stepson had spoken extra about how he felt, perhaps his loss of life may have been prevented.
“He desires to attempt to get a message out to all younger boys on the Island that it’s OK to not be OK, to speak about your emotions and to be type to at least one one other.”
Among the cash donated will probably be used for a memorial trophy, in his stepson’s identify, Liam Jones, which will probably be offered to at least one Gurnard Youth FC participant annually — of which the Tigers are a component — thought of to be essentially the most considerate and caring.
Gurnard Youth have 13 groups.
- On web page 65 of this week’s version of the County Press, a technical error resulted in an incorrect headline being revealed with the story. We apologise for any embarrassment it has induced Gurnard Youth FC and the Gurnard Tigers. The story will probably be reprinted on this coming Friday’s version of the paper.