Halfway there, 28 Not Out - The Max Hunter Fund has reached 50% of the target!
28 Not Out - The Max Hunter Fund
As a group of friends, we have been deeply shaken by the loss of our dear friend, Max Hunter who died by suicide in August 2019, aged 28.
Suicide and mental health continue to be incredibly difficult topics to talk about, particularly for young people and that is why we are determined to change that narrative.
Max was a great supporter of the Mintridge Foundation and enjoyed fundraising for the sports charity including the #Miles4Mintridge cycle in May 2019. Max was the biggest believer in using sport for positive change, he particularly loved rugby (an avid Northampton Saints fan) and cricket. Max also loved using sport to help his mood, notably golf. Sport and mental health has a strong connection.
We have found that it’s not always as simple as “opening up”, but what we want to encourage is for everyone to acknowledge their feelings on a regular basis and that is why we have created the Max Hunter Fund within the Mintridge Foundation.
The Mintridge Foundation is a registered charity dedicated to enhancing life skills in young people through sport. We provide a support network for young people by harnessing the power of positive sporting role models. The Mintridge Foundation assists young people of all ages, abilities and physical capabilities to develop confidence and resilience, and creates awareness of the importance of mental and physical wellbeing through sport.
Mintridge's team of Ambassadors - Olympians, Paralympians and other professional sports stars from over 20 sports, both team and individual - work with young people in schools, clubs and academies across the UK. Starting with visits including assemblies, coaching clinics and classroom sessions tailored to each organisation’s requirements, ambassadors can then provide one- on- one remote mentoring in a safeguarded environment, delivered via technology such as FItSwarm and Playwaze to build a lasting legacy for individuals.
The Mintridge Foundation’s successes demonstrate the incredible power of sport; from a mentee’s selection to represent Great Britain in their chosen field to enabling disabled children to find confidence and happiness just through participation. Understanding life after sport, we also support our Ambassadors in their transition from active sport to the next stage of their careers.
Valuable funds raised will go towards keeping our much-loved friend’s fun, caring and sporting memory alive as well as changing perceptions and challenging stereotypes in the process. We will deliver mentoring programmes across the UK focussing on Max’s favourite sports and encouraging a new dialogue around how to look after our mental health just as we do our physical.
Students and their families across Mintridge programmes will receive access to Believe Perform which is the world's leading source of performance psychology, well-being and mental health content for the sport community thanks to the Max Hunter Fund.
We hope that you like our logo created by the incredibly talented and great friend of Max, Sophie Botsford!
Read about our 28 NOT OUT launch event that took place on 10th & 11th July 2020 here.
Read about the wonderful generosity from England and British Lions Legend, Rory Underwood just here.
Read how Sophie Hardy & Dan Griffin got on in the Virtual Royal Parks Half in April 2021 just here.
HOW CAN I SUPPORT THE MAX HUNTER FUND?
- T20 MAX - Kimbolton Cricket Club
Sunday 29th August 2021
- Purchasing the 28 NOT OUT Swim Shorts from Oliver Jane.
- Purchase a 28 Not Out Driver & Fairway Wood Head Cover from Golf Team Clothing.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or you would like to fundraise for the Max Hunter Fund in another way such as challenge events, office fundraisers etc!
For now though, in the words of our Maxy, "Cheers then Bu!"
Lots of Love,
Griff, Ali, Robbie, Rach, Chesca, Lewis & Paskey x x x
Making good progress, 28 Not Out - The Max Hunter Fund has reached 25% of the target!
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