Spireites fan Dan Power will be taking part in a charity football match involving teachers this weekend to raise awareness of mental health issues.
Dan, who teaches at Brockwell Junior School, will be turning out for a UK All-Stars team against a north-east side at Lanchester Primary School in Durham on Saturday (2pm), raising money for the Striker Boy campaign, in aid of Mind, the mental health charity.
The match is in memory of the late Jonny Zucker, who was a teacher before becoming an author of children’s books, including the highly popular ‘Striker Boy’. Jonny sadly took his own life at the age of 49 in 2016 after experiencing mental health issues.
Explaining the background to his involvement in the match, Dan said: “A group of teachers on Twitter got in touch with me to invite me to take part and I jumped at the chance.
“It’s a cause that I’ve supported for quite a while and I have known a number of people who have experienced mental health issues. There’s a great link between football and education in this area and I know that the football club has done a lot to raise the awareness of mental health issues.”
Dan, who has played a lot of Sunday League football and turned out on the pitch at the Proact, added: “It’s been a while since I’ve pulled my boots on but I’ll do my best!”
To make a donation, please click on the following link: https://www.justgiving.com/EduFootyAid. Updates on the fundraising efforts will be provided on Twitter via @StrikerBoyBook and #EduFootyAid.