Let’s Kick This Together football tournament raises more than £13,000 for men’s mental health charities

Cheyne's of Banff tournament winners 2023

LET’S Kick This Together, a football tournament set up to raise awareness of mental health issues, particularly among men, has raised more than £13,000 for two North-east charities.

Held at The Haughs, Turriff, the tournament involved around 170 players from 34 teams, most of which were fielded by trades businesses in Aberdeenshire.

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The tournament, which was won Cheyne’s of Banff, was the main event in a family fun day attended by hundreds of people.

This year’s designated charities, Men United SCIO, a peer support group based in Peterhead, and Mental Health Aberdeen which provides free counselling throughout the area, will share the £13,324 raised on the day, from team participation fees, and from several pre-event fundraisers.

Organised by Darren Findlay of Chapman Electrical and Ryan Morrison of Ardinn Homes, the event began last year as a football derby between teams from the two businesses.  The inaugural event, which raised almost £12,000 was so successful that it developed into a five-a-side tournament.

“The main reason for organising Let’s Kick This Together has always been to raise awareness that it’s okay not to be okay, rather than just being a fundraiser,” said Darren. “However we’re absolutely delighted at this year’s total which will make a huge difference towards helping the two charities continue the crucial work that they do.”

Ryan said: “The success of the event, along with the fantastic amount of money raised, is thanks to the efforts of the many people who put time and effort into the run up to the event, including organising the pre-event fundraisers, and on the day.

“A particular thanks must go to our sponsors, our main sponsor Annie Kenyon Developments(ak|d), Bridgend Aggregates Ltd, Edmundson’s Electrical Elgin Branch, LJF Coatings Dyce, & Halo Tanning Turriff and Martin Milne Taxi Service Turriff and to local businesses and the community who have been so supportive. This would not have been possible without them.”

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