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VIDEO: United club together to support soldier charity with press-up challenge

OXFORD United has challenged its Yellow Army to dig deep and get stuck into the #22PushUpChallenge to help raise money for a veterans mental health charity. Head coach Michael Appleton and the boys stepped up to the challenge to take on for 22 press ups. Joining them were soldiers Corporal Paul Ingham, Warrant Officer Danny Hirst, Captain Josh Conway and Corporal Jamie Dudding, who have been working with the club to fundraise for the Combat Stress as well as the Oxford United[1] Community Trust.

Among the U s players and staff taking part was skipper John Lundstram, he said: “It only takes a few seconds to do the press ups but it helps get the message out there and we would love fans to get involved.

“Everyone saw the impact that the ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ had a while back and this is another really good way of challenging your mates and having a bit of a laugh while actually doing great work for a great cause.”

The fundraising craze has been sweeping social media with many people uploading videos of themselves doing 22 push ups and donating to Combat Stress. The challenge hopes to raise awareness of PTSD and Combat Stress, with statistics showing 22 veterans commit suicide every day. The veterans charity works to support those up and down the country facing mental health problems.

The challenge originated from the United States and Oxford United took it on as part of its fundraising efforts with the army. The team most recently supported four soldiers taking on the 800-mile cycle in aid of both charities and upon return got stuck into the #22PushUpChallenge at the Kassam Stadium[2]. Head coach Michael Appleton said: The whole club took part- coaches, players, backroom team and office staff because we all believe it’s a great cause.

“Our challenge then was to every Oxford fan out there to have a go, get involved and help spread the word.”

Cpl Ingham also took the opportunity to lay the gauntlet down to local rival Swindon Town and challenged them to take part too.

To take part post a video of your challenge on social media using the #22PushUpChallenge and donate 5 to Combat Stress by texting PTSD22 to 70004.

References

  1. ^ Oxford United (www.thisisunited.com)
  2. ^ Kassam Stadium (www.oxfordmail.co.uk)

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