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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)

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)

Former British Army chief sets £1 million #22PushUpChallenge target

General Sir Peter Wall, former chief of the British Army and president of soldiers charity Combat Stress, is calling on more members of the public to take part in the #22PushUpChallenge and help raise 1 million for the veteran s mental health charity. As reported last week by The Courier, the challenge started in the US to create awareness of mental health issues among veterans, and participation in UK is just as important to support Britain s ex-servicemen and women. Since Combat Stress started supporting the challenge last month, more than 80,000 has been donated to the organisation, the UK s leading mental health charity for ex-servicemen and women.

Sir Peter, who turned 61 last month, is undertaking the challenge and is well on the way to doing 22 push ups every day for 22 days.

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He is now asking for the public s help to raise vital funds for Combat Stress. Last year the charity saw a 6% increase in referrals, and a 28% increase the year before that. With a growing demand for its specialist clinical treatment, Combat Stress urgently needs to raise more money to ensure every veteran seeking help receives the best support possible.

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Sir Peter said: The support from the public has been strong and will make a real difference to our work. We know that far too many veterans suffer in silence with their mental health conditions, and this #22PushUpChallenge will help us to reach out to them by raising awareness of PTSD and the treatment available. With more public donations Combat Stress will be able to deliver a vital service to many more veterans across the UK. We have to do this to prevent unnecessary suffering.

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If you haven t already taken part in the challenge, then why not start this week? It s a great opportunity to get behind the Armyrats © military community and show your support. With the summer weather we re currently basking in, it s the perfect time to go outside, take part in a fun challenge and donate to Combat Stress. People can get involved by doing 22 push ups full, half or even air push ups and donating 5 to Combat Stress by texting PTSD22 to 70004. If people would like to share a video on social media of them taking part in the challenge, they can use the hashtag #22PushUpChallenge.

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