In aid of the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM), a group of ten Fulham Football Club fans will walk from Craven Cottage to their team’s first away fixture of the 2017/18 EFL Championship season against Reading Football Club.
Commencing on Friday August 11 at 7.15pm, the fans aim to complete their overnight 40 mile journey from Fulham’s Craven Cottage stadium to Reading’s Madejski Stadium in 15 hours.
CALM is a charity dedicated to preventing male suicide – the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK. Latest UK figures show men are three times more likely than women to take their own life, and less likely to tell anyone about going through depression. CALM provides a free, anonymous and confidential helpline and webchat service for men who are down or in crisis – open every day, 5pm-midnight.
The group, headed by Fulham season ticket holder and long-time CALM supporter Lee Adams, have already surpassed their original fundraising target of £3,000, including a donation from television presenter and fellow Fulham fan, Richard Osman.
Adams said: “I have been fighting for CALM for about two years now. I want to live in a world where men can feel they can reach out and seek help. I’m truly thankful and proud of every one of the lads walking with me overnight from Fulham to Reading who want to stand up and make a difference.”
Simon Gunning, CEO of CALM, said: “CALM relies on the hard work of the volunteers and fundraisers who raise money and awareness of the fact that suicide is the biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK. Lee's doing a brilliant thing for us and he joins a growing army of people dedicating their time and effort to save lives with CALM.”
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