Nottingham Forest fans, Sheldon Miller (44) and his brother Lucas (25) who are both City Ground season ticket holders will be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro later this month. Sheldon, a Director at John Pye auctions reached out to us here at Nottingham Forest Community Trust and explained how he and his brother would like to donate the money they raise from the climb to our ‘It’s Tricky to Talk’ mental health programme along with Trent Bridge Community Trust ‘Forget Me Notts’ dementia project.

Its Tricky To Talk

In collaboration with Nottingham Forest Football Club, we recently started our new mental health campaign, It’s Tricky Talk, to encourage fans to talk more openly about mental health problems and seek support. We know hold a bi-weekly ‘Tricky Hub’ here at The City Ground which is an informal and relaxed social hub for people living with mental health issues or generally just struggling with life. You can find out more about the programme here.

Forget Me Notts

The Forget Me Notts initiative which has been running for two years now holds sessions to encourage people living with Dementia to be active and also give their carers a ‘well-earned break’. Teaming up with several leading sports clubs, including ourselves, to deliver a variety of activities that engage and support people across Nottinghamshire. You can find out more about the programme here.

Sheldon and Lucas, both of Nottingham, will be taking on the climb with their father to mark his 70th birthday. Whilst taking on this mammoth task they thought it would be a great opportunity to raise some money for some worthy causes. They knew they wanted to support a charitable group related to dementia in light of their grandparents who both unfortunately suffered with the condition in the past. But after they saw our ‘It’s Tricky To Talk’ programme they said ‘this campaign really resonated’ with them and decided that half of the money should go towards this as well.

The ‘It’s Tricky To Talk’ programme is a very important initiative for them as their good friend and long standing Nottingham Forest fan, Clyde Scothern Snr sadly took his own life earlier this year. They said “The It’s Tricky to Talk fundraising is in Clyde’s memory, to raise awareness of mental health and the ‘Tricky to Talk’ project. We all support the club, the Manager and the players. This is about supporting off the pitch just as much. Supporting the supporters and those who may need it.”

Clyde, who was actually present at both of Nottingham Forest’s European Cup victories, had been struggling with his mental health for around 18 months before he sadly made the decision to take his own life in April. Clyde’s son, Clyde Scothern Jnr explained “He ended up feeling like he was on his own. That is part of a severe mental health condition, but you have to try and help people realise that they are not alone and it’s not a negative thing to speak out and say I could do with a bit more help.”

(Pictured: Clyde Scothern Snr Left, Clyde Scothern Jnr, Right)

Sheldon added, “Forest supporters are brilliant at going up and down the land and supporting everything on the pitch, but we forget that the supporters sometimes need support off the pitch. I think this project does that.”

Please show your support for Sheldon and Lucas by donating to their fundraiser here.