The Stubbington woman’s memorial football game in memory of the ‘kind’ brother raised thousands for the suicide prevention charity

Football fans descended on Snows Stadium in Totton on a sunny Saturday May 21st to cheer on the players at the Josh Hendy Memorial Match.

All money raised through the event will be R; Support pple, a charity run by Stubbington resident Alice Hendy.

R;pple is a browser plug-in that displays an automatic pop-up when users search for information about self-harm or suicide.

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Röpple’s Suicide Prevention Charity hosted ‘Josh’s Game’ – a charity football game dedicated to Josh – on Saturday 21st May at Snows Stadium in Totton to raise vital donations for Röpple’s life-saving technology. The charity was started by Alice after her younger brother Josh committed suicide. Image: Espiejaz

Alice developed the tool after her “kind” and “thoughtful” younger brother Josh died in 2020 at the age of 21.

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Josh, a paint splasher who also worked for the MoD as a security guard at the Portsmouth shipyard, had been active online before his death to search for material on suicide.

R;pple is free to download and provides support and resources for people struggling with poor mental health and feeling hopeless.

In the stadium. Image: Keiran Cox Photography

A pop-up includes the message “You deserve to have hope” and directs you to a range of free support resources including hotlines, text services and web chat available 24/7 from mental health charities.

The game featured a “poignant” minute of applause in memory of Josh after 21 minutes.

Two teams of family, friends and AFC Totton players battled it out for the title, with “Team R;pple” winning 7-4.

The winning team celebrates. Image: Espiejaz

Alice said: “The game and the whole day went better than we could have ever imagined.

“We had around 40 players attending the game including some representatives from the AFC Totton team including their manager.

“In addition, we had about 250 spectators.

“The sun came out for us, we sold lots of goods and lots and raised over £3,000 that day.

On that place. Image: Espiejaz

“It was such a success that several people suggested making it an annual event.”

Ian Hendy, Josh’s father, added: “It was a fantastic turnout and we were impressed with the support from everyone.”

The game also had halftime entertainment, a sold out raffle and a Röpple merchandise stand.

If you or someone you know is struggling you can contact Portsmouth and East Hampshire Samaritans on 0330 094 5717.

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