£7,000 raised for suicide text line at third Nick Mowl Cup - The Solihull Observer

£7,000 raised for suicide text line at third Nick Mowl Cup

Solihull Editorial 3rd Nov, 2021   0

FOOTBALLERS of all ages raised £7,000 at a charity football match in memory of a former Solihull Moors player.

The third Nick Mowl Cup – held in memory of the footballer who took his own life in May 2017 – took place at at Solihull Moors Football Club on Damson Parkway in August.

To date the event has raised an incredible £32,000 towards running Kaleidoscope Plus Group charity’s text service, offering 24/7 support to people who suffer anxiety, depression or have suicidal thoughts.

John Mowl, father of Nick and co-organiser of the event said: “The whole day was a huge success and great fun for all involved.

“It’s so important to us that we raise funds for Kaleidoscope’s text line. It is a brilliant service which offers support to people in crisis free of charge, any time of the day and night.

“It means so much to Nick’s family and friends that people are so supportive of our efforts to remember Nick and to raise money for such a good cause.”

Kaleidoscope Plus Group said there was a 200 per cent increase in the use of the service with the Covid-19 pandemic having a huge impact on people’s mental health and wellbeing.

Chief executive Monica Shafaq said: “We are so grateful to John Mowl, David Winn and Richard Beale, the organisers of the Nick Mowl Cup who host this event to raise funds for our text service year on year.

“£7,000 is a fantastic amount to have raised and will fund the equivalent of 233 people receiving support from our text line, speaking with a volunteer to help them reach a calm and safe place with a plan of how to move forward with their lives.”

During his career Nick played for Knowle FC, Solihull Borough, now Solihull Moors, as well as Stratford Town and Bedworth United.

He was also a coach at Solihull College, Birmingham City University, Premier Skills and for the juniors at Coventry City, before taking his in-demand skills overseas to America and latterly Australia.

Nick’s talents saw him take up a position in the ever-expanding American ‘soccer’ scene – joining the Temecula Valley hawks in California as a coach.

Following his death in 2017 many of the youngsters Nick coached took to social media to pay tribute to him, describing him as a great football coach who had a big impact on them and their football careers.

To access the charity’s text line text TeamKPG to 85258 for free, confidential support, 24/7.

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