Brighton fathers raise awareness for funeral service

A GROUP of footballers have taken to Twitter to draw attention to the struggles of bereaved fathers.

The men, who belong to Sands United FC Brighton and Hove, have bravely shared their own grief to help others.

The effort comes as part of International Bereaved Father’s Day, which takes place on the last Sunday of August each year.

Kenney Wyatt, whose son Tommy died in 2013, said: “We had the devastating news that without the fluid that surrounds Tommy in the womb, his lungs would not develop the way they need to.

“Not a day goes by that I don’t think of him. I carry him close to my heart because I know he is always with me.

“The first thing we saw were dandelion seeds floating in the air and that reminds me of Tommy to this day.”

The football club is part of a national network set up in support of the Sands charity, which aims to bring bereaved fathers together through sport.

The team allows fathers to join a team of men who have similar experiences as themselves. Players will have their children’s names on the back of their jerseys rather than their last names.

The Brighton Club was formed in 2019 and has since grown to over 40 members.

The club is managed in part by Andy Lindley, who helped found the team after the death of his son Dexter.

Andy said: “I’ve written, erased and rewritten the words of my story so many times now. And I think that best describes how a grieving father expresses how he feels.

“I struggled after the distractions stopped when we lost Dexter. I couldn’t express the heartache, anger and depression I was going through.

“By taking some time to do something good for myself, I’ve done more for my family than I could ever have done before.”

Anyone interested in learning more about Sands United can email Andy at

Anyone experiencing and struggling with emotional distress can contact Samaritans 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 116-123 or visit Brighton fathers raise awareness for funeral service

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