This year's children's kits at Newport County AFC will feature the Changing Minds logo, as one of two charities benefitting from support this season.
Newport County AFC Supporters Trust have gifted the fronts of the children’s retail shirts to Newport Mind's Changing Minds project at Newport Mind, and Ieuan the Lion Memorial Fund.
Director Colin Faulkner explained: “As a Board we feel it’s important to support our local community. We decided we wished to raise awareness of a couple of local charities as we did similarly a couple of years ago. We researched a few charities in the area then made the decision to support Changing Minds at Newport Mind and Ieuan the Lion Memorial Fund. These are two great charity programmes; Changing Minds provides support for children struggling with their mental wellbeing whilst Ieuan the Lion is dedicated to making memories for families that have a limited time together due to terminal illness.”
David Hopkins from Newport Mind said: "We're delighted that Newport County AFC have chosen to support Changing Minds this year. Around 1 in 5 young people will have a mental health problem in any given year - and often, finding the right support can be a challenge. We hope that this partnership with Newport County AFC will raise more awareness of mental health issues, resulting in more young people getting the support that they need.
"We know that early intervention is especially important, and so each year Changing Minds provides hundreds of young people across Gwent a chance to talk with other young people about their worries and problems at an early stage, before they lead to more severe mental health problems."