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2nd Annual Fooball Match for Geth

Mind in the Vale were recently invited to attend a charity football match in memory of Gethin Roberts from Cowbridge. A large group of Geth’s friends and family, some local and others who travelled from further afield joined together to play the match his his honour.

The match was a close contest with a 2-2 draw at half time and with a 6-6 score when the final whistle was blown, the match went to penalties. In the end, the blues beat the reds on penalties with Geth’s brother Sion scoring the winning penalty. The man of the match was Elliott Street from the reds who was presented with the Geth WWF “The Rock” Belt (Geth was a big fan as a boy!) The teams were pleased to welcome their coach who took on the role of referee, who took them through from grass roots under 10’s to their teenage years.

This is the second memorial match the group have played, with the first match taking place last summer following a memorial Service held in Geths honour. The family set up ‘Geth’s fund’ and chose to support their independent and local mental health charity, Mind in the Vale. John Roberts, Geth’s dad said, ‘It was really important to us as a family to support our local Mind, Mind in the Vale of Glamorgan, who do a superb job of providing front line support to people experiencing difficulties with their mental health, across the Vale.’ The players, friends and family have generously donated to the fund which is currently at £7  and growing.

The family intend on keeping the fund going indefinitely and are planning on holding an annual memorial match in Geth’s honour. Thank you John, Eleri, family and friends for raising awareness and funds to support suicide prevention campaign #ittakesballstotalk and mental health in the Vale of Glamorgan.

Posted on: 30th May 2022

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