Article: Jonathan White
Calm 84 FC Crewe are a charity football team formed earlier this year, based in Crewe, who raise money for CALM and for local charities.
Calm 84 FC Crewe are starting a new project – ‘Start Walking. Get Talking’ – this Saturday 16th October (11am) on King George V Playing Fields at the Simply Gym car park on Coppenhall Lane in Crewe. This free (donations gratefully received) fortnightly group event is open to all – mums, dads, kids, grandparents, pets etc – with the aim of starting walking and getting talking.
Since their formation Calm 84 FC Crewe have played several fund-raising football matches against local opposition; scaled Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales, at an elevation of 1,085 metres above sea level, and the highest point in the British Isles outside the Scottish Highlands; and have participated in the National Affinity Cup, an FA Cup style competition for UK based charity football clubs to promote unity, togetherness and purpose; along with hosting weekly training session at King George V Playing Fields.
Calm 84 FC Crewe raises awareness and funds for CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably), a leading a movement against suicide, as every week 125 people in the UK take their own lives and 75% of all UK suicides are male. CALM provides a free, confidential helpline 0800 58 58 58; webchat (5pm-middnight, 365 days a year) staffed by trained professionals; bereavement support; a website with inspiring content; and campaigns tackling stereotypes of masculinity, suicide and mental health.
Mark Dunning, Manager of Calm 84 FC Crewe, said: “We’ve had an amazing year so far raising almost £2,000 for different charities. ‘Start Walking. Get Talking’ is our next side project, as we aim to get families together to get mentally and physically fit. Each fortnight will be a different walk around the Crewe area. Everybody of all ages and fitness are welcome. Also, keep an eye out for our celebrity game announcements coming in November and December.”