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Former Dorchester youth football teams tackle men's mental health

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Published at 8:14am 18th April 2019. (Updated at 8:16am 18th April 2019)

Two Dorchester football teams are reuniting this weekend to raise awareness for men's mental health.

The Magpies and the Raiders played together in youth teams, and they're in their 20's.

They're raising money for CALM, a movement against male suicide which is the biggest killer of men under the age of 45.

Sam Burden is organising the game. He told Wessex FM: "We unfortunately lost two friends to suicide.

"It really is quite personal to a lot of us and quite a lot of the community in Dorchester as well. Apart from those two we know quite a few other young males that unfortunately really suffered with mental health."

The match is being played at Dorchester Town Football Club, this Saturday evening. Doors will open at 6:30pm , and its a 7pm kick off.


Photo of football team reuniting for charity match

Dylan O'Connor is one of the players. He told Wessex FM, when they decided to do a charity match, it was obvious what to raise money for:

"We knew from the offset it was going to be for a mental health charity, just because it's so close to all our hearts."

Tickets are £5 and they'll be putting on a raffle and selling bacon rolls to raise more money.



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