We have opened up our blog to our guest Liam today.

Liam has gone above and beyond in trying to help remove mental health stigma and raising funds to support CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) & Mental Health Aberdeen (MHA).

We have been able to provide Liam with donations for the raffle and continue offering support for the event. If you can help in any way please see the bottom of blog for contact details.

“My name is Liam Cronin and I am the organiser behind The Sam Lobban Trophy.  A sevens style rugby tournament hosted annually in Aberdeen at Aberdeen Wanderers RFC home ground, in order to raise funds for Mental Health Aberdeen MHA.Sam was a great friend of mine, he was an incredible individual and a truly amazing friend. Sam sadly passed away in 2018 following a battle with his mental health.  Male suicide and mental health is a big issue that can’t be ignored any longer. It’s unacceptable that so many men are dying from suicide on a daily basis.

I wanted to do something to not only celebrate his life but also try raise awareness and funds in his name.As Sam was a big rugby fan and an exceptional player, I felt it was only right to organise a rugby tournament in his honour.

The event grew in its second year due to the massive amount of support shown through sponsors and donations.

Special thanks to all those that have made this possible; Aberdeen Wanderers RFC, Russell Gibson Financial Management, Mental Health Aberdeen, Specialist Valve Services.

Being able to include the Mental Health Aberdeen logo on the team shirt, really helped to bring home what the day is all about.

An incredible total of £3000.04 was raised for Mental Health Aberdeen (MHA). Which in turn is the equivalent of 75 individual counselling sessions.   

This year I’m looking to expand tournament further, including bringing more teams to the tournament itself. 

On the event day we hope to have a food area, beer tent and music. As well as providing a family friendly area for the younger spectators followed by a raffle to finish it off.

The selected date is the 25th of July. The event starts at 12pm and the first kick off will be 1pm. 

It was decided that moving forward with this tournament that Mental Health Aberdeen (MHA) would be the chosen charity partner. MHA played a massive part in the success of last year’s event.

As this is a local charity it means all the money raised in Sam’s name will go back into the area and help those in need. This year marks Mental Health Aberdeen’s 70th birthday, so please join me and help make this year’s tournament a success and help raise as much funds as possible for this fantastic charity and help make it a special birthday. 

For regular updates on this year’s tournament please visit the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/540414649888934/?notif_t=plan_user_joined&notif_id=1578649455207873

If you wish to make a donation for the raffle or would like to hear some more information about the day or sponsorship packages available, please email myself at thesamlobbantrophy@gmail.com 

If you sadly can’t join us on the day or simply wish to make a donation, please do so using this link: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/slt2020

Finally, I would also like to take this opportunity to thank you for taking the time to read this blog.

I hope you can join us on the day and fingers crossed we get good weather! Please remember that it’s ok to not be ok.

Liam”