The Cat Radio will be supporting students and staff at the Warrington Campus of the University of Chester who are taking part in a 24 hour football match.
Kick-off for the game is at 3pm on Saturday, December 9 with the full-time whistle to be blown at 3pm on Sunday, December 10 in the sports hall on campus.
The event will raise money for Chasing the Stigma mental health charity. The organization was founded by Liverpool-based comedian Jake Mills who has become an influential figure in campaigning about mental health issues after speaking publically about his own battle with depression. Jake presented to students at the Campus’s Mental Health Awareness Week earlier this year.
Jake said: “I am absolutely delighted that students and staff at the University of Chester have chosen Chasing the Stigma as the beneficiary of this year’s 24 hour fundraising football game. Obviously this is a great opportunity for Chasing the Stigma, but more importantly this is a fantastic way of getting both staff and students to talk about mental health.
“This is a lot more than a fundraiser, it is showing people that there is help available out there for anyone who might be struggling with their mental health, which we know is a particularly important thing to address within Universities. When I met students earlier this year, it was clear that they were really eager to tackle mental health head on and now they can do it while tackling each other! As founder of Chasing the Stigma, I am really honoured and grateful that we have been chosen as the charity to benefit from such a massive fundraising effort.”
Chasing the Stigma has teamed up with creative designers Mashbo, to create a digital platform that offers a place to go to for those who are struggling, and makes it easy to find routes to help, by using your phone’s location to locate the nearest service available to you, as well as national organisations. The web based app “Hub of hope” is the first of its kind in the UK, as it brings support together in one place, regardless of age or gender restrictions, to make it as easy as possible for people to find help and support around them. By simply selecting ‘Find nearby services’ and using the location of the device, the app will display the help that is available nearby.
Dean McShane, Mental Health Lecturer at the University, said: “Currently in the UK, mental health problems affect one in four of us and one in 10 younger people. The University has been fully behind the “Hub of Hope” with Jake Mills presenting to our students and staff during Mental Health Awareness Week at the Warrington Campus. We know the benefits physical exercise has on your mental health so what a great way of raising money and enhancing awareness of mental health.”