Article and Photographs: Jonathan White
A newly formed charity football team based in Crewe are raising money for CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) and for other local charities.
‘Calm 84 FC Crewe’ will raise awareness and much needed funds for CALM, 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.
Calm 84 FC Crewe will host weekly training session at King George V playing fields in Crewe and aims to hold fixtures against fellow charity clubs every six to eight weeks.
Calm 84 FC Crewe’s first fund-raising game is a behind closed doors match versus Crewe Alexandra Coaches XI at the Alexandra Stadium, Gresty Road, in aid of Ashton Hulme, this Monday 10th May 2021 (kick off 8pm). Crewe Athletic FC kindly donated their kit. To donate to support Ashton Hulme, please visit Just Giving.
Mark, Manager of Calm 84 FC Crewe, said: “I had wanted to start up a charity team for a long time now, having already built connections with charity team Nightingale FC and a few more teams, but just wasn’t sure of which charity to focus on. After speaking with the owners of the Calm 84 FC London group I was certain CALM was the right fit. We had similar personalities and beliefs on football and fundraising. In the future we want to host events like family fun days to try and get the local community active together and to also try and host mental health webinars helping local grassroots clubs and businesses to increase the awareness of suicide and mental health, so that the stigma of men talking about their feelings is reduced and becomes a normal thing.”