Football coach to take to the sky to raise money for Andy's Man Club charity

A Pontefract football coach is preparing to take on a charity skydive to raise money for men's mental health charity, Andy's Man Club, to welcome the group to the town.

Wednesday, 28th April 2021, 4:45 pm
Lee Connolly, pictured above, recently finished his mental health training to become a peer support group facilitator for registered charity, Andy’s Man Club.

Lee Connolly, who coaches Pontefract Collieries junior football team, recently finished his mental health training to become a peer support group facilitator for registered charity, Andy’s Man Club.

Andy’s Man Club have been doing their bit to help men going through inner turmoil, by providing a network of free drop-ins aimed at helping men open up about their mental health problems and reducing stigma.

Lee will be facilitating weekly group sessions at the Pontefract Collieries football club grounds, beginning on Sunday, June 6.

And to honour Andy’s Man Club coming to Pontefract, Lee will be doing a skydive to raise money for the charity, setting himself a target of £10,000.

Lee said: “After I spoke to the development champion at Andy’s Man Club, we wanted to do something big.

“We wanted to go big with the fundraiser because Pontefract will be the 50th Andy’s Man Club group to open in the UK.

“And me being an adrenaline junkie, I chose to do a skydive.

“I’ve never done one before so it’s a brand new experience to look forward to.

“And the main goal is to keep raising awareness for the charity, it’s so important that we break down these barriers surrounding men’s mental health.

“With the group sessions, I’m just aiming to save one person - any others from that is a bonus and I’m hoping it’s successful.”

Lee’s skydive will take place on Wednesday, June 9.

To donate towards Lee's efforts click here