There’s less than three weeks to go until internet stars The F2 take part in a celebrity charity football match in aid of Childline and SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity.
Jeremy Lynch and Billy Wingrove, who also head up the F2 Football Club made up of influencers, celebrities, ex-footballers and up and coming talent, will play against the London Lions for the chance to win the Wonderwall Cup when they take to the pitch with their team mates at The Den, the home of Millwall Football Club, on Sunday 26 May.
Among the F2 Football Club players confirmed as playing when the match kicks-off at 3pm are celebrity personal trainer and social influencer Bradley Simmonds, Love Island 2018 contestant Jack Fowler and comedian ManlikeHaks.
Ex-Millwall assistant boss Marc Bircham, former Millwall player Alex Rae and Snapchat sensation Stevo The Madman help make up the London Lions’ team which was formed by Andy Pheby and Micky Simpson who created the Wonderwall Cup competition.
Proceeds from the match will be split 50/50 between The F2’s chosen charity Childline and the London Lions’ chosen charity SSAFA.
Billy said: “After being invited to Childline’s London base last year and hearing about some of the issues children and young people are dealing with on a day-to-day basis, coupled with the fact we have a lot of young followers, Jeremy and I felt it was the right charity to support.
“Mental health is the number one reason children and young people contact Childline and as someone who battled with anxiety and depression in their 20s that really struck a chord with me.
“It was tough as an adult coping with that so I can only imagine what it must be like for a child or young person. Thankfully Childline’s volunteer counsellors are there for them during their darkest hour 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”
John Cameron, Head of Childline, said: “I’d like to thank The F2 for choosing Childline as one of the beneficiaries of the match.
“As a charity 90 per cent of our income comes from donations and fundraisers like the charity football match so we are extremely grateful.
“The money raised will help us to continue to provide this crucial service which is quite literally a lifeline to children and young people during times when they feel they have nowhere else to turn.”
Sir Andrew Gregory, Chief Executive of SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, said: “We were delighted to be named as a charity partner for the Wonderwall Cup 2019 and extend our thanks to the team involved.
“Their support means that we will be able to assist even more members of the Armed Forces community, when they are in need. SSAFA is proud to be on the frontline of delivering practical, emotional and financial support to the men, women and families of the Forces, past and present.
“The Wonderwall Cup is set to be a fun, exciting event – but also a chance for spectators to give back to those who have given so much to protect our Nation. We look forward to a successful collaboration, for an excellent cause.”
Andy Pheby, founder of Wonderwall Cup, said: “We have chosen to support SSAFA because the Armed Forces are very close to our hearts, not just for the organisers but for Millwall fans as a whole.
“We can’t thank them enough for what they do to protect the country and others. We think SSAFA is fantastic as it not only offers help to those currently serving but also aftercare for veterans – as well as families. On a personal note, SSAFA managed to arrange for my Grandad’s medals to be replaced when he passed on.”
Tickets cost £3 for under 12s, £6 for under 16s and £10 for adults. Visit www.millwallfc.co.uk/tickets.
For more information contact the London South East press office on 01634 564741 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Notes to editor:
About the NSPCC:
The NSPCC is the leading children’s charity fighting to end child abuse in the UK and Channel Islands. Using voluntary donations, which make up around 90 per cent of our funding, we help children who’ve been abused to rebuild their lives, we protect children at risk, and we find the best ways of preventing child abuse from ever happening. So when a child needs a helping hand, we’ll be there. When parents are finding it tough, we’ll help. When laws need to change, or governments need to do more, we won’t give up until things improve.
Our Childline service provides a safe, confidential place for children with no one else to turn to, whatever their worry, whenever they need help. Children can contact Childline 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Our free NSPCC helpline provides adults with a place they can get advice and support, share their concerns about a child or get general information about child protection. Adults can contact the helpline 365 days a year.
About SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity:
SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, has been providing lifelong support to our Forces and their families since 1885. Every year our staff and team of volunteers help more than 73,000 people, from Second World War veterans to young men and women who have served in more recent conflicts.
About the Wonderwall Cup:
The Wonderwall Cup is a charity football event, set up and run with the sole intention of bringing football fans together and raising money for crucial and worthy causes.
It aims to help people through football, while putting on some superb football matches along the way.
For more information visit The Wonderwall Cup’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.