Footy fans brave a close shave with a difference for Action Mental Health

Members of the Magheraveely NISC, some of whom braved the shave for Action Mental Health.

A group of brave men have had a close shave to support clients of Action Mental Health throughout the Covid pandemic.

Men from Magheraveely Northern Ireland Supporters’ Club in County Fermanagh got their hairy pins out for the charity and shaved their legs to raise a whopping £5500.

The money helped Action Mental Health New Horizons Enniskillen support its clients when Covid-19 struck and the subsequent lockdown temporarily put an end to their usual face-to-face sessions.

The financial gift helped the charity buy IT equipment to keep clients – many of whom live in isolated rural areas – remain connected with their tutors and fellow clients via online chat and similar digital means of communication.

Subsequent lockdowns and social distancing postponed a chance for Action Mental Health to round up the brave men of Magheraveely to pose for a photograph featuring the charity’s fundraising department’s iconic great big cheque and its impressive total.

The men had shaved their legs back in 2020 but when the pandemic struck so soon after, normal procedures – as in so many walks of life – were sent awry.

Service Manager at AMH New Horizons, Caroline Ferguson said it was great to finally get the opportunity to thank the group for getting their razors out to go smooth and silky for the sake of its grateful clients.

“When Covid struck the cheque presentation had to be postponed. But like all our community fundraising last year, the money provided by the charity leg wax was invested in technology to improve client access and address digital poverty,” she said.

“As a result, we were able to support clients via 2496 Zoom sessions, 9281 support phone calls to clients, 2135 texts and 6362 emails.”

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