Ilford poet performs at FA Cup final with show of support for mental health
PUBLISHED: 17:00 03 August 2020
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An Ilford poet opened the FA Cup final with a message of support for those suffering with mental health issues.
Hussain Manaweer performed his poem, The Sound of Support, at Wembley stadium on Saturday, August 1.
The poet, who is a patron of Frenford Youth Club’s mental health counselling service Never Alone, tweeted it was: “An absolute honour to write and perform the opening.
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Before Arsenal’s 2-1 victory over rivals Chelsea, Hussain said football was a place “where you champion each other through the good and the bad. That’s the sound of support. Sometimes I know it’s hard to find a listening ear or a helping hand”.
Hussain is an ambassador for the Samaritans.
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