Legend on the Bench Charity is launched - October 2023
As some of you may be aware, my sister lost her 23 year old son, who hung himself due to mental illness.
Too many people today are taking their own lives and feel they have no one to talk to, or no one is Listening, or no one will help. We want them to know that we are all ready to talk listen and help, because we care.
We are there for you all, and my sister and I have joined forces to hopefully help people who suffer be more aware that there are people out there that will help that will talk and will listen.
We are looking to put benches in all the local parks, where people can go and sit in their dark moments, and have telephone numbers on plaques placed on the benches, to let them know that you can call these numbers at any time, and the people on the other end of the call will be ready to talk, listen and help.
On Friday 3rd March 2023, in Peterborough at the Steve Perryman night, we raised over £1300 to put towards our first bench in loving memory of my nephew Jay (thank you to everyone that donated, each bench costs quite a lot of money). We want to let people suffering know that there’s always someone ready to listen and you are not alone. Our first bench will be placed in the local park in Sawbridgeworth, which was where his house was, where Jay took his own life.
Mental illness can hit anyone at anytime, and can leave behind such devastating impact on family and friends. We need to do more as a country to first of all understand what it is and the impact it can have. Life is precious and just as a heart problem requires help to save, a life so does mental illness, and we need to be there to help. My message to you all out there today suffering with this horrible illness, is please talk please seek help, you are not alone, let someone know how you are feeling, we can help.
Thank you all for reading we really appreciate your time. We will keep you all up to date with our progress and pictures of our first bench will be posted, once we get the go ahead from the local council, who we will be meeting very shortly.
Think of it this way, if everyone in the country donated £1, that would be enough to put a bench in every park in the country, a bench that could save lives, a bench that would give suffering people a place to go and talk to someone who cares, and to know they are not alone.
Our vision at Legend on the Bench, is combat Mental Health issues and Suicides by providing resources of support to those in need.
There should be no stigma attached to either of these, and you have found a safe environment to research and obtain contact information for yourself or someone who needs it.
Our goal is to install benches in public parks throughout the UK, with the same contact information that can be accessed by anyone with a smart phone.
Simply scan the QR code and you will be directed to our reference list of professional support groups, with contact numbers, websites and email addresses
An ex-professional footballer who played for Tottenham, Chelsea and Swindon Town, capped by England and currently hosts Legends events around the country, as well as being a Spurs Ambassador at the new stadium. Vendor of some amazing Tottenham memorabilia and all round nice guy who supports many people during their challenges in life
Micky's sister, who lost her son to suicide in 2019, and drew the inspiration with Micky, to create and install wooden benches in public parks around the UK, with cooperation from local Councils, and the aim to prevent or minimise the number of families who become affected by the loss of a loved one taking their own life.
As a parent and foster parent, providing supported living, Adam lost his first foster child to suicide, who had become an integrated member of the family, deeply affecting the whole family. As a fundraiser, he and his wife have raised over £20,000 for various charities over the past 7 years and is inspired to raise the awareness to make people realise that there is support available.
No1 THFC Programmes have been a huge contributor to the charity already, with Paul raising funds by the "Re-homing of Tottenham match day programmes" many of which are signed by Ex Spurs Legends. You can usually find Paul with his programme stall at a Legends event hosted by Micky or one of the other Tottenham greats with over 14,000 in stock going back to the 1960's
A true Tottenham fan, who went along to an event to watch Micky host an evening Glenn Hoddle, and was inspired by not only the passion, but the effort put in to make the experience memorable and contributing to raising funds for children with walking disabilities, fighting cancer and still finding the time to raise awareness and implement schemes to battle Mental Health & Suicides.
A valuable contributor to the Legend on the Bench Charity, as well as being a founder of the VeteransInNeed.org website, providing support and resources to the men and women who dedicated their lives to the Country. You will often see Mike in his wheelchair at events either listening to the Legends or raising funds by completing 10km treks, come rain or shine.
Chairman of Peterborough Spurs, season ticket holder at Tottenham and organiser of legend nights events in Peterborough, Kev has raised money for the charity for a number of years while battling his own health issues but always puts others before himself
Ex-footballer and referee, member of the echoes of glory nights team on event nights, big Spurs fan who is in regular contact with some of the legends, Big Steve spends his days teaching his students to drive and his spare time networking, preferably on the golf course!