Nottingham City Hackney Carriage drivers and Community Protection both work and share the same streets of this proud city and contribute tirelessly. And this September they will come together in a sporting rivalry to raise money for two fantastic charities – Emmanuel House Support Centre and Mind.
My Taxi ambassador Kaleem Ashraf and Senior CPO Nick Burns have come up with brilliant idea of the charity football match. The plan is to raise awareness around the growing concerns of Homelessness and Mental Health. Emmanual House Support Centre and Mind both work with people around these issues are the chosen organisations for which they aim to raise money for.
People become homeless for lots of different reasons. There are social causes of homelessness, such as a lack of affordable housing, poverty and unemployment; and life events which cause individuals to become homeless. On the other hand, mental health problems affect around one in four people a year. They range from common problems, such as depression and anxiety, to rarer problems such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
Housing and mental health are often linked. Poor mental health can make it harder to cope with housing problems, while being homeless or having problems in your home can make your mental health worse.
So moving forward, together Taxi drivers and CPO’s now need the public’s support to help raise money and awareness to make this event a success.
The charity football match will take place on Sunday 2nd September on The Forest Sports Ground at 1.30pm. Come along for a wonderful sporting afternoon or donate here.
Emmanuel House’s main aim is to help get homeless and vulnerable adults a home of their own. It costs £1000 a day to run the services and this fundraising event will not only raise much-needed money but also awareness of our charity and what we do.