LJMU Hockey host ‘Take Me Out’ fundraiser

By Paige Freshwater

LJMU Hockey is running the Liverpool Half Marathon to raise money for a men’s suicide prevention charity.

The men and women’s team are joining forces to raise funds for Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM), which works to reduce the number of male suicides across the UK.

With a goal to raise £5,000 before running the half marathon on April 2, the society received around £400 in donations at their ‘Take Me Out’ fundraiser on Friday night.

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The event was based on the popular television show Take Me Out, which aims to match a single man with one of thirty single women and is hosted by Paddy McGuinness.

Men’s Hockey Club Captain, Oliver Kelly, told The Burble: “The Take Me Out night was recommended by CALM. They said that the event would meet the interests of our target market, with them being student orientated people.

“The Take Me Out night was a good way to get people engaged with the charity. If they are not participating they are watching, and it is a really fun activity. If people are having fun they are more likely to donate and get actively involved.”

According to CALM, suicide is the single biggest killer of men under the age of 45 in the UK. They also found that 75% of all UK suicides were male in 2015.

Mr Kelly added: “CALM addresses that [male suicide] and they also speak of the no crying and not talking aspects of it. The stereotypical alpha male isn’t likely to complain or express their opinions. That has been noted as one of the causes of male suicide and one of the snowballing effects, obviously in an extreme case of suicide, but also in other things like mental health illnesses.

“We kind of struggled over the past few years to get involved with a charity that we an associate with and put ourselves in the position of. CALM targets males who are between 18 to 40 years old, and it is something that we are all aware of. As university can be a very lonely place for some people, we thought that it is a good charity to support.”

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