Second charity football match in aid of young Dundee dad Lee, who took his own life

Lee Welsh
Lee Welsh

A second charity football match in aid of a young Dundee dad who took his own life after suffering from depression is to be held in the summer.

Lee Welsh, 27, was found dead at his Peddie Street home in the city’s West End in August 2017.

At the time, his dad Phil said that Lee, whose daughter Poppy was then aged seven, had battled mental health issues for the previous nine years.

Last year Lee’s childhood friend, Steve Martin organised a football match in memory of his mate which raised more than £1,000 for the Dundee Association for Mental Health (DAMH).

The event was so successful that a second one has been organised for July 20 this year.

It will be held at North End Park and this time the money raised will be donated to Art Angel on behalf of the Not in Vain for Lee charity.

As well as football there will be other attractions on the day including a bouncy castle, face and henna painting, a pipe band, live music and a demonstration by Dundee Mods Scooter Club.

Phil – who has actively raised awareness about mental health issues among young people since his son’s death – was thrilled with the turnout and the money raised last year.

He said: “It really was an absolutely brilliant day.

“We hope we can get the same response this year.

“It’s all about looking to the future now in raising money for our mental health charities.”