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Swaffham footballers raise money for mental health charity Mind




Players from Swaffham Town Football Club's A team have been taking on a 28-day challenge to raise money for mental health charity Mind.

Jonny Cockerill, joint manager of the A team, took on the Move for Mind challenge himself and extended it to the remainder of the Pedlars' young squad.

Their initial aim was to run, walk or cycle, 500 miles to raise £500 for the mental health charity, but both targets have already been smashed with a few days of the month remaining.

Action from a Swaffham Town A team game before restrictions and lockdown. (44558667)
Action from a Swaffham Town A team game before restrictions and lockdown. (44558667)

Since the pandemic began, Mind have seen depression rates double, record numbers of people in crisis and more calls to their Info line than ever before.

Mr Cockerill, who hopes to have completed the equivalent of six full marathons himself by Sunday, said: "We chose to support Mind as we wanted highlight the effect of lockdown on people’s Mental Heath.

"It is our belief that doing something active like a run, walk or cycle will not only improve your physical health but also your mental health.

"No one is ever alone and just being active can really improve your mental health.

"We decided to take on the challenge on the back of first team captain Dean Miller's fundraising efforts last month and the players have really brought into it.

Joint Swaffham Town A team manager Jonny Cockerill. (44558665)
Joint Swaffham Town A team manager Jonny Cockerill. (44558665)

"We've always tried to do challenges to keep the players interested with there being no football, but this was something a little bit different.

"The money we raise will make a real difference to Mind and the club have been really supportive of our efforts."

So far between them, the team have ran, walked or cycled more than 600 miles, raising £830 in the process.

By Sunday, they hope to complete between 700 and 800 miles collectively and take their fundraising exploits past the £1,000 barrier.

The 17 players from the Swaffham Town A team are: Harry Brown, Ashley Rowland, Jordan Lown, Ray Halms, Alex Lown, Nathan Lawes, Joe Wood, Jimmy Linsdell, Micka Singh, Craig Titmarsh, Nathan Rands, Luke Askew, Lee Goodsell, Kyle Clarke, James Eyre, Tom Grass and Tommy McDermott.

To donate to Swaffham's good cause, please visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/500miles500poundsinfebruary



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