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Former Newark Flowserve midfielder Paolo Piliero raising awareness of anxiety, depression and suicide through viral Facebook challenge

A former Newark footballer is raising money with his dancing feet.

Paolo Piliero, who made 16 league appearance for Newark Flowserve last season, is raising awareness of anxiety, depression and suicide through a viral Facebook challenge.

Paolo and his oldest son. (37139628)
Paolo and his oldest son. (37139628)

For the past 25 days he has completed 25 push-ups, while adding a fancy dress twist and a dance routine with his children.

And, because of its success, he will take on another challenge, this time completing 300 push-ups per day inside 15 minutes, followed by a performance with his two children.

“We did a fancy dress every day with different themes, but it went crazy,” he said.

“We had more than 15,000 people watch on Facebook, so I set up a Just Giving page for the charity Mind.

“So now I’m still doing a performance a day with the kids, but the press-ups in another video, which will be more challenging.”

He has completed three days so far and has raised more than £500.

Piliero, who works in the inclusion centre at Redhill Academy, Arnold, hoped to raise £2,000 in total.

“I work around young people and we do a lot to support mental health,” he said.

“I am always messing about and joking with my kids, so we are doing what we usually do but raising money.”

Piliero was a familiar face for fans at Lowfields last term and will return again next season — but this time in the colours of Long Eaton United.

“I made a lot of friends and the club and the fans were always great to me,” he said.

“I had a torrid time with injuries, but I have a lot of respect for the gaffers, the chairman and all the players there.

“I still keep in touch with them all.”

To keep up to date with his daily videos search paolopiliero11 on Instagram.

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