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Newark's Real Men Talk and Beaumond House Hospice Car hit the back of the net with football fundraiser

A football match between two Newark charities has raised more than £1,500.

Real Men Talk and Beaumond House Hospice Care went head to head on the pitch at Collingham’s Station Road on Sunday.

It was Real Men Talk’s first landmark fundraiser.

The Real Men Talk team (47802222)
The Real Men Talk team (47802222)

The charity, founded by Paul Thomas, Nathan King and Ben Walker during lockdown, provides free support and activities for those struggling with their mental health.

Ben, of Newark, organised the football match with the help of Zak Edlin, who put together Beaumond House’s team.

He said: “It was out of this world — it was everything we hoped for and more.

Real Men Talk vs Beaumond House Hospice (47802208)
Real Men Talk vs Beaumond House Hospice (47802208)

“We still had some government restrictions, so it wasn’t ideal to host a charity event at full capacity because we couldn’t have the bar open, we couldn’t arrange seating and things like that, but it didn’t put a dampener on the day and we still had more than 200 people there.

“To say that our team was made up by ex-rugby players and lads who hadn’t played football in a long time, it was a really good game.

“I have to give massive credit to Zak because he helped us out with everything.”

Despite a closed bar, spectators had the chance to enjoy a cake stand and a raffle, which raised more than £300.

All of the money raised on the day went to the mental health charity, with a return match in aid of Beaumond House set to take place over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

Ben said because of the event’s success, Real Men Talk would take part in football fundraisers against teams from across the country after Simon Ince, owner of LRI Services in Newark, agreed to sponsor a kit.

“Collingham were wonderful to us and gave us their kit, but to travel around to places like London and Nottingham and play in charity matches in our own kit will be huge,” said Ben.

ABOVE: Real Men Talk (top) and Beaumond House teams hold a two minutes’ silence before the game at Collingham on Sunday.

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