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Paddy Pimblett gives powerful message about mental health as King's Lynn charity of the year the 8:56 Foundation encourages men to talk

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Having been voted for in a poll by Lynn News readers as charity of the year, the 8:56 Foundation will feature regularly keeping readers up to date with their purpose, fundraising and events.

The martial artist Paddy Pimblett has given a powerful message to men advising they discuss mental health issues as he learned of the death of his friend who took his own life.

He currently competes in the lightweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), recently winning the title.

Here, trustee of the 8:56 Foundation Professor Lee Smith describes the recent events that has led to a powerful message from the sportsman, about men discussing mental health which you can watch here.

8:56 Foundation is Lynn News' charity of the year.
8:56 Foundation is Lynn News' charity of the year.

Professor Smith writes:

Below are the words of Paddy Pimblett after his latest Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) win a week ago, they have been shared, liked, retweeed well over one million times since.

"I woke up on Friday morning at 4am to a message that one of my friends back home had killed himself - this was five hours before my weigh-in so Ricky lad that was for you.

"There's a stigma in this world that men can't talk. Listen, if you're a man and you've got a weight on your shoulders and you think the only way you can solve it is by killing yourself , please speak to someone. Speak to anyone.

LNF Charity of the Year logo (33140548)
LNF Charity of the Year logo (33140548)

"I know I'd rather me mate cry on my shoulder than go to his funeral next week.

"So please, let's get rid of this stigma and men start talking."

This was a real moment for men’s mental health.

Lynn News' charity of the year, the 8:56 Foundation, held a golf day at Middleton Hall. Picture supplied.
Lynn News' charity of the year, the 8:56 Foundation, held a golf day at Middleton Hall. Picture supplied.

These are the words that every man should listen to, no matter what the issue, no matter how big you think it is, please speak to someone, it doesn’t matter there will always be someone to listen

Our website www.856foundation.org.uk has contact information and links to a wide range of support groups.

The 8:56 Foundation was the nominated charity for Gayton's summer festival on Saturday, July 23, and we’d like to thank the Gayton social club on what was a fantastic day of music and laughs.

The 8:56 Foundation also held its first golf day on Saturday, July 30 at Middleton Hall which was sponsored by Adrian Flux Insurance Services.

The individual prize was won by Jamie Buhleman, team Matt Smalley won the team prize, with Gary Bunting winning the Lefty Lee prize and team Prentice winning the much sought after 8:56 Ball Prize.

We raised a total of £1,469 for the foundation

Our third Men’s Time event will be held this Sunday, August 7, with bowls being the sporting theme and we’d love to see lads, dads and grandads come along together at the Globe Bowling Club in The Walks.

Sspaces can be booked on the website or by messaging the 8:56 Foundation on our social platforms.

We will be at Pride in the Walks on Saturday, August 20 and then all attention will be on our first anniversary ball on Friday, September 9.

We cannot wait.

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