It’s understandable if England’s embarrassing Euro escapades have put you off the beautiful game, but if you still love a kickabout you’ve no excuse to miss a day of fun and football next week, in memory of Lanfranco Gaglione.
Lan’s family are inviting teams to pick a team and enter a five-a-side tournament (£10/person, with all proceeds heading to CALM) in Downhills Park, Saturday 21st July. The day also promises face painting, games of rounders and dodgeball, and plenty of refreshments.
Lan tragically took his own life aged 26 whilst suffering from depression. Lan’s brother Gianpiero Gaglione writes: “we are all suffering the void left by our beloved Lanfranco, but by channeling our pain and grief into something positive we can make a difference. The tormenting question ‘what could we have done to change it?’ has now become ‘what can we do to change it?’”
“Young men taking their own lives is the single biggest killer of that age group with over four thousand families each year suffering in the same way as us today.”
Lan’s family established the Lan the Baron foundation in Lan’s memory and have already raised over £28,000 for CALM. This generous contribution has helped support CALM’s hotline and campaign to get men talking about their problems.
“Lan loved football” writes Gianpiero “When we were younger, we used to change our living room into a football pitch and play two vs two with a sponge tennis ball. It used to drive my mum crazy, the house would shake like a stampede of elephants had run through the building and we would constantly break my Mum’s ornaments.”
For more information and to enter visit the Lan the Baron website.