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Students raise over £7,000 for charity with 24-hour football challenge

(3 December 2018)

Students have raised £7,066.19 for charity by staging a 24-hour football challenge.

A total of 283 students, alumni, staff and other enthusiasts joined in a single match that lasted a full 24 hours.

The event, organised by Collingwood College AFC, was staged to raise money for the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM), a charity dedicated to preventing male suicide.

Niall Flanagan, an Engineering student at Collingwood College who helped organise the event, said: “Suicide is the single biggest killer of men under 45.

“As a football club with 14 teams and approximately 250 players, we recognise the impact we can have in playing our part to reducing this shocking statistic.

“We were overwhelmed by the number of people wanting to play in the fundraising match, and we are incredibly grateful for every pound donated.”

Among those who took part in the match was Professor Stuart Corbridge, the Vice-Chancellor.

Marathon effort

Geology student Tom Verniers, from Collingwood, played for the entire 24 hours.

He said: "The work that CALM and Collingwood College AFC are doing to raise money, awareness and support for men’s mental health in today’s society is extremely valuable - especially on a university campus.

“By completing the full 24 hour match I wanted to show that you can always keep going just a little bit longer and contribute as much as I can towards making the event an incredible success."

Despite the length of the match, the final result was close: 301-297.

‘Hugely grateful’

Simon Gunning, Chief Executive Officer of the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM), said: “Suicide remains the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK, but the hard work and dedication of CALM’s supporters allow us to continue supporting men who may be going through a difficult time.

“We’re hugely grateful to Niall and everyone involved in Collingwood Football Club’s 24-hour match. They have embodied everything that CALM is all about in getting together over a shared passion, opening a conversation around looking after yourself and your mates, and collectively taking a stand against suicide.”