Blues help charity score big success

Garry Monk and Richard Beale with John Mowl and The Kaleidoscope Plus Group
Garry Monk and Richard Beale with John Mowl and The Kaleidoscope Plus Group

More than £10,000 has been raised in memory of local footballer and coach Nick Mowl.

The money, from a five-a-side event organised by Blues Under-23s Coach Richard Beale, will go towards the prevention of suicide.

Nick, a well known and popular personality who played for Solihull Moors amongst others, died by suicide in May 2017 at the age of just 41.

Beale was galvanised into creating the first Nick Mowl Cup, for adult sides, under-10s, under-11s and under-12s.

The tournament, hosted by Solihull Moors in May, was a huge success.

Local stars turned out in force to take part and raise awareness of the work of The Kaleidoscope Plus Group, who are launching a Suicide Prevention Text Line Service.

They included James Beattie, Paul Robinson, Maik Taylor, Darren Carter, Dele Adebola, Stiliyan Petrov and Beale. And stars like Gareth Barry and Peter Withe turned up to show their support.

Proceeds from the Nick Mowl Cup were presented to the The Kaleidoscope Plus Group and Nick's father, John, at Blues training ground, by Manager Garry Monk, Beattie and Beale, on World Mental Health Day.

Monica Shafaq, Chief Executive of The Kaleidoscope Plus Group, said: "The event was fantastic and we’ve been blown away by the dedication of Nick’s family and friends, as well as the incredible support from Birmingham City Football Club.

“Suicide is a major issue right across the country – 16 people die in the UK due by suicide every day and not enough is being done to reduce these figures.

"We feel really privileged Nick’s family chose to support us and donate this amazing amount of money to help us establish a National Suicide Prevention Text Line.

“We’re now one step closer to launching a much-needed service that will have a genuine, and life-saving impact on people, and will therefore play its part in reducing these figures”.

The Nick Mowl Cup has now become an annual event and details of how to take part in next year's competition, on 6 May, and help those who may be experiencing suicidal thoughts, will be released soon.