We partnered up with the SPFL Trust and Cell Events to host a Charity Golf Day on Wednesday 24 May 2017 at Archerfield Links Golf Club. The support of Mark Stewart, Iain Russell, Scott Arfield, Jamie Murphy, Lewis Stevenson and Tam McManus and various businesses including CA Models, KSL, Collinsons Ceramics, Dalmahoy Hotel and Country Club and Ratho park Golf Club ensured the day was a great success. Plans for next year’s golf day are already underway and will be announced in the near future.
The Chris Mitchell Foundation officially launched on Saturday 2nd September with a charity fundraising race night held at Stirling County Rugby Club. This was a huge success for the foundation and we are delighted to announce that the final figure raised came to £6534.48! The event included a 2-part race night, raffle, auction of Kante and Mahrez football shirts, guest speakers and more. A special thanks goes to Iain Russell (former team mate and friend of Chris’), Mark Fleming (from Positive Mental Health Scotland), and Michael Bennett (head of player welfare) from the PFA for providing excellent speeches on the night. We have received an incredible amount of support throughout the launch so far and would like to express our thanks for their support and generosity. A special thanks to Stirling County Rugby Club (venue), Jintz Express (catering), Let’s Party (balloons and decorations), Dave at the Magic Agency (race host) and the many, many more businesses and individuals who kindly donated amazing raffle prizes and helping us on the night to make it the best launch we could! We hope everyone who attended the evening enjoyed themselves and were able to celebrate and remember Chris. The monies raised from the night will be used to fund club reps from Scottish football clubs who wish to take the NHS Scotland Mental Health First Aid Course. We believe that this will help raise awareness in poor mental health and wellbeing within Scottish football and encourage players to speak up. Mental Health first aiders will learn the skills to recognise signs and symptoms of poor mental health and assist them to the help they require.
The SPFL Trust held it’s latest mental health first aid training course on 13th and 14th September 2017. This was partly funded by us at foundation and trustees were kindly invited to participate on the course. The course, delivered by Positive Mental Health Scotland, is available through the Chris Mitchell Foundation to any member of staff or players associated with Scottish professional football. We were joined by staff from a range of clubs including Hibernian, Celtic, Rangers, Dundee, Dundee Utd and Heart of Midlothian. The training provides individuals with the relevant skills in order to assist those who require immediate help with poor mental health issues and be that bridge to get them to professional help. It is an intense couple of days and covers all areas of mental health illnesses and gives a great insight into being able to spot signs and symptoms of people suffering at early stages. Sky Sports News joined us on Day 2 carrying out interviews with participants from the course, Mark Fleming who co-delivered the course and Director of Positive Mental Health Scotland and Louise from the Chris Mitchell Foundation. Check out our Twitter page to see the news clip!
Former Queen of the South player and good friend of Chris’, Iain Russell, raised £1,300 by taking part in a 10k fundraiser run last week for the Chris Mitchell Foundation. Despite the typical Scottish weather Iain persevered and completed his run with Chris in his thoughts. He comments, “the run was tougher than I thought, definitely enjoying retirement too much, however thinking of Chris certainly kept my pace up”. Iain’s friends and family showed encouraging support to him on the day. His number one fan little Alfie, Iain’s son, was very proud! Thank you so much Iain from all the trustees and the Mitchell family, you did fantastic gutepotenz.de!