Halliwell Jones Stadium to host Guinness World Record attempt

Drew Darbyshire

North West organisations are joining forces to attempt to break a Guinness World Record in a bid to raise awareness of mental health.

Warrington Wolves will be linking up with the North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, State of Mind Sport and Offload Rugby League in attempting to hold the world’s largest mental health awareness lesson at the Halliwell Jones Stadium on June 6.

The current world record is 688 people and was achieved in Chennai in India earlier this year.

Wolves CEO Karl Fitzpatrick said: “Warrington Wolves are completely behind this world record attempt and look to promote positive mental fitness at every opportunity for all our staff and supporters.”

The lesson will be led by Dr Phil Cooper, a nurse consultant from North West Boroughs Healthcare, along with a variety of former and current rugby league players.

Dr Cooper said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness of mental fitness and have a great time in a local rugby league team’s stadium, and we hope as many people as possible can join us to help us make history by smashing this exciting world record.”

The record attempt will take place on June 6 from 6pm and will last for approximately 35 minutes. There will be entertainment from 5pm before the lesson, with the evening coming to a close around 7pm.

Emma Goldsmith from Rugby League Cares, who co-ordinates the Offload mental fitness programme, added: “It is going to be a great night taking part in a world record attempt while helping people learn more about mental health issues in an interactive session, in a great location.”

Tickets are free and the first 1,000 tickets can be accessed via Eventbrite using this link: www.worldlargestmentalhealthawarenesslesson.eventbrite.co.uk.

For more information, contact Joanne Moore, Digital Communications Officer on 01925 664 054 or email joanne.moore2@nwbh.nhs.uk.