IN­SPI­RA­TION of the week

Sunday Mirror - - SAIRAKHAN -

WHEN his brother-in-law Andy com­mit­ted sui­cide last year, Luke Am­bler was de­ter­mined to cre­ate a safe space where men could speak with­out fear of be­ing judged. The former pro­fes­sional rugby league play­er­turned­mo­ti­va­tional speaker set up Andy’s Man Club, where men from all walks of life are en­cour­aged to talk to other like-minded men in his home town of Hal­i­fax. He also started a so­cial me­dia selfie cam­paign called #it­sokay­totalk, which at­tracted the sup­port of celebri­ties in­clud­ing Ricky Ger­vais. The suc­cess of his hash­tag made Luke, 27, re­alise the scale of the male sui­cide prob­lem and he started a fund to set up Andy’s Man Clubs in other ar­eas. Last week he was named Pay­Pal Crowd­fun­der of the Year by the JustGiving Awards. ■■andys­man­

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