A TROON lad raised £320 for a mental health charity after he organised a charity football match with work colleagues.

Gregory McCaig, who works at insurance brokers AJ Gallagher in Glasgow arranged the tie with another floor of staff at his offices.

Along with three other colleagues on the charity committee they choose to raise funds for the Mental Health Foundation.

Gregory told the Ayr Advertiser: “There’s been a lot in the news about suicides and its just awful what keeps happening.

“It’s something that everyone has bene affected by in some way so I just thought it was best to try and help the charity out.

“I just thought lets try and get as much money raised for the charity as possible and do our bit to help each other too. Within our company we’ve got two floors, so I just thought why not get a bit competitive.

“I work on the fourth floor and I’m friends with boys who work on the seventh floor so I just thought we should arrange a game.”

The game took place at Glasgow’s Firhill complex on Friday April 26 as the teams played out an entertaining contest which ended 6-5 to the lads on the seventh floor.

Each player paid £10 to take part, but they also received some help from the sports complex who knocked down the price for their fundraiser clash.

Overall 40 people were involved and Gregory is hoping its going to be a start of something to bring more people at work together for a great cause.

He added: “We are definitely going to try and raise money for the Mental Health Foundation throughout the year.

“We’ve already got a few ideas. One of the girls in the office suggested why not get a game of netball for the girls, or we are thinking of getting a big game of rounders that everyone could get involved with.

“Exercise is one of the best ways to deal with mental health issues.

“It’s also been good for the social aspect, there are now guys who might have not talked to each are all really good pals.

“It was a good laugh, we went to the pub after it and we are thinking of getting a regular fixture arranged.”

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