**UPDATE 13/03/20: due to the postponement of all football matches from 14th March, the bucket collection will no longer take place. Thank you to everyone who was due to volunteer, we hope to rearrange the collection to be held at a future match.**

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The English Football League and Mind have joined forces to improve the way that football, sport and society as a whole approaches mental health.

The partnership which has been running since the start of the 2018 season, is seeking to promote the benefits of healthy bodies and healthy minds, by using the power of football to improve the nation’s mental wellbeing. With one in four individuals affected by mental health problems, the EFL will work with its network of 71 Clubs and community trusts to promote Mind’s message and services to millions nationwide.

The partnership is increasing mental health awareness and understanding amongst fans, Clubs and staff alike.

As part of the partnership, Lancashire Mind is teaming up with Lancashire football clubs to deliver training to staff members and to raise funds and awareness of mental health at match days.

Tommy McIlravey, CEO at Lancashire Mind, said: “ At Lancashire Mind we are trying to lead a revolution in terms of mental health and wellbeing, but we can’t do it on our own. That’s why it’s great to partner up with organisations like the EFL.
 
“We want to send the message that we need to start conversations about mental health and wellbeing to help ourselves and each other, and sport is often a great way to break down those barriers and stigmas.”
 
To raise awareness and funds, Lancashire Mind will be bucket collecting at Blackpool Football Club’s next home game against Sunderland on 14th March. They are looking for 15 volunteers who will each be offered a free ticket to watch the match.

Tommy added: ”A lot of the work we do at Lancashire Mind relies on help from volunteers. We know football fans are a tight knit bunch who look out for one another and we’re hoping that the fans of Blackpool will come out in force to help us.”

Volunteers will be required before the match between 1.30pm-3pm. Register your interest in volunteering

Lancashire Mind is a company limited by guarantee (company number 3888655) and a registered charity in England and Wales (registered number 1081427) at 80-82 Devonshire Road, Chorley, Lancs, PR7 2DR. Lancashire Mind are registered with the Fundraising Regulator. For all enquiries, call us on 01257 231660.
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