A FLINTSHIRE cricket club has raised vital funds for local men's mental health charities.

A team of fundraisers from Northop Cricket Club have scaled the heights to support a men's suicide prevention charity.

The daring dozen have completed the Welsh Three Peaks Challenge to raise money to divide between Andy's Man Club and the Cricket Club to improve its facilities.

On February 10, the team completed the adventure in just over 16 hours; starting and finishing in darkness and covering 32km with 2,334m of ascent.

The Flintshire walkers started ascending of Snowdon at 5.45am and returned at 10.45am.

They then began climbing Cadair Idris at 12.25pm and returned at 4.25pm before travelling to mid Wales to start the ascent of Pen y Fan at 7.45pm and completed the challenge at 10pm.

Andy's Man Club was formed following the suicide of 23-year-old Andrew Roberts in 2016, offering free to attend peer support groups across the UK.

One man every two hours will take his own life in the country and the charity is determined to end the stigma surrounding men's mental health.

A Northop Cricket Club spokesperson said: "Andy was a lovely and doting father, son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin and friend, and was just 23 years old when he was taken away by suicide, sadly and tragically without warning.

"On average one man every two hours takes his life in the UK. It’s often said to be a factor that men don’t talk. That’s why ANDYSMANCLUB was born.

"Established in 2016 by Luke Ambler, Andy’s brother-in-law, the aim of the club is to break down these stigmas, support men struggling, and lend a hand to suicide prevention.

"We want to end the stigma surrounding men’s mental health and help men through the power of conversation."

So far, just over £4,100 has been raised. You can view the JustGiving page here.


The fundraisers from Northop Cricket Club were Chris Brooks, Tom Hughes, Matty Williams, David Foulkes, Craig Houston, Stevie Gregson, Leo Grieg, Elgan Skillander, Benji Hughes, Joe Griffiths, Matthew Mullarkey and Rhys Johnson.

They were supported by driver Mike Hughes and Bart Ryan Beswick, who took charge of supplies.

Anyone struggling with their mental health can call Samaritans for free on 116 123, email them at jo@samaritans.org, or visit samaritans.org to find your nearest branch.