Appeal to help Mansfield girl, 5, who lost dad after he battled depression in secret

Shaun Tindall and his daughter, Ruby.
Shaun Tindall and his daughter, Ruby.

A charity football match has been played to remember a Mansfield dad who took his own life after battling depression – and to raise money for his little daughter.

Dad Shaun Tindall tragically ended his own life in January, aged just 35, after battling depression in secret

Shaun Tindall and his daughter, Ruby.

Shaun Tindall and his daughter, Ruby.

Shaun’s mum Michelle said the tragedy left his family devastated, especially five-year-old daughter Ruby, as nobody realised how badly Shaun was suffering.

Following the tragedy, friends and family organised a charity football match at Forest Town Arena on Saturday to support Ruby, which raised a whopping £1,800.

Click here to donate to the appeal for Ruby

The day also raised funds for the Campaign Against Living Miserably, a charity dedicated to preventing male suicide, the single biggest killer of men under the age of 45 in the UK.

Shaun Tindall and his daughter, Ruby.

Shaun Tindall and his daughter, Ruby.

Michelle said: “We didn’t realise how deeply devastated Shaun was. It was real shock.

“We just want to make people aware this is happening to young men and family and friends won’t always know what’s going off.

“That’s why we want to raise awareness and funds for the good work CALM does.

“Hopefully we will raise plenty of money to support Ruby too, now her daddy is gone.

Gary, his brother, said: “Wen had a brilliant day, around 300 people attended. We’ve raised £1,800 so far. It was a good day to remeber Shaun.”

It has been the hardest year of my family’s life after the death of Shaun and we would just like to raise awareness about depression and the effects it has on so many people.”

To donate, visit https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/Ruby-Shaun-tindall