A charity soccer match will raise over £ 1,500 for the Scottish Association for Mental Health

A personal trainer raised over £ 1,500 for charity after his battle with depression inspired him to help others.

Barry McConnochie of Toryglen arranged a charity soccer event at the Toryglen Regional Football Center.

The 36-year-old recruited 32 friends and family, some of whom had traveled from England to raise funds for the SAHM (Scottish Association for Mental Health) and its United to Prevent Suicide campaign.

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He said Lanarkshire Live : “I knew several people who took their own lives during COVID.

“Four years ago I struggled with depression and the experience was intense.

“I grew up in Glasgow and I missed the camaraderie of sport and strength in numbers. The aim was to raise awareness and collect donations. Several of the men who played with us were mentally ill. “

The charity soccer game for SAHM (Scottish Association for Mental Health). Image by Seventeen Creative (17creative.co.uk)

The game – that was on Saturday. December 4th – raised £ 1,555 to date for the charity.

Previously, Barry had raised around £ 600 for the Marie Curie Foundation.

Craig Wright, one of Barry’s players and brother-in-law, said: “Men’s mental health was at the fore during the lockdown. Exercise is a big driver of mental health awareness. “

Barry hopes to raise money by hosting more games every six months.

He said of the game, “It’s my way of giving back. This will be the first of many. “

The donation side remains open to donations.

You can find more information about the charity here here.

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