Christopher Phillips

Mindset and match

Fundraising for South East and Central Essex Mind
raised of £11,500 target
by 387 supporters
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Tennis, 1 July 2023
We provide local mental health services to people in South East and Central Essex


ON Saturday July 1st, Chris Phillips will be playing tennis non stop for 11 hours and five minutes to raise funds for SECE Mind.

Chris will be playing for the same length of time as time as the famous match between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut at Wimbledon back in 2010.

And the Southend Echo reporter has already received plenty of backing with Sue Barker, Judy Murray, Ryan Peniston, Kriss Akabusi and Peter Shilton all sending over messages of support.

Chris will take to the court, at Southend Lawn Tennis Club, two days before Wimbledon gets underway and will start play at 10am before finishing shortly after 9pm.

The keen tennis player will play different opponents in 22 half-hour slots.

Among those to already have confirmed their attendance are current Southend United boss Kevin Maher and ex-Shrimpers manager Steve Tilson.

TV presenter Jeff Brazier and Apprentice star Tom Skinner have also confirmed they will try to make it down.

Chris raised £23,000 for South East and Central Essex Mind last year when organising a football match at Southend United in memory of former Shrimpers skipper Chris Barker.

He also co-founded Run Free Official, a mental health support group back in 2020 and is a trustee for SECE Mind.

Chris said: “I struggle with mental health issues myself so I’m always keen to raise funds for Mind and to also raise awareness.

“When you’re going through tough times you can often feel like it’s just you that is feeling that way so it’s important people realise that isn’t the case and speak out.

“I love tennis so this seemed like a good idea but I might change my mind 11 hours in.

“I’m not sure I will be moving much by then!”

The event is being sponsored by Rickard Luckin and Chris has agreed to dye his hair like Alejandro Garnacho if he reaches his target of £11,500 before the big day!

Should Chris reach his target he will also have raised £100,000 for charity.

About the charity

At SECE Mind we provide supported housing, counselling for both adults and children, mental health training and signposting to anyone who needs it. We serve the Chelmsford, Castle Point, Rochford, South Woodham Ferrers and Southend areas helping support local people with their mental health.

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