Toolstation Western League partner with Mind in Somerset

Ian Nockolds (left), with Western League chairman John Pool and Neil Carroll, managing director of Toolstation

Ian Nockolds (left), with Western League chairman John Pool and Neil Carroll, managing director of Toolstation - Credit: Debbie Gould

The Toolstation Western League invited Mind in Somerset to join them at their League Cup final to help mark Mental Health Awareness Week.

Specially designed posters were provided by Mind in Somerset to present to Wells City, who hosted the Les Phillips Cup final between Cadbury Heath and Bridgwater United.

And these will be hung in the changing rooms next season, promoting support services for young footballers to access if they are looking for support with their mental health.

Ian Nockolds, communications officer for the Toolstation Western League, said: "Our clubs are such an important part of the communities they represent, particularly in a county like Somerset.

"I'm so pleased with how Mind in Somerset have welcomed the chance to work with us. We've started a really important conversation about mental health and I'm really looking forward to working with Mind in Somerset next season.

"I know this campaign means a lot to our clubs and I'm hoping the progress we make in Somerset can be taken to other local Mind charities across our league footprint."

Fundraisers Sara Warren and Anne Marie Russ collected £229.20 from spectators at the final, promoting the support services offered by Mind in Somerset to football fans and volunteers. 

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This latest initiative follows the success of the partnership the Western League forged with Bath Mind earlier this year, which helped to raise over £1,200 for the charity.

Russ, a Community Fundraiser for Mind in Somerset added: "It’s been an absolute pleasure working with Ian and the Toolstation Western League organisers and amazing fans. We look forward to a long and successful collaboration with the league and all the clubs in our region."

Over the next football season the Toolstation Western League plan to extend this campaign across all of its 42 member Clubs, located from Wiltshire to Cornwall.