Former Manchester City striker Lee Bradbury sets up clothing line.
Former Manchester City and Portsmouth striker Lee Bradbury has set up a new clothing line with profits going to mental health charities.
Bradbury has set up the range to help raise awareness of mental health in football.
The ex Havant and Waterlooville boss was diagnosed with PTSD in 2016 after losing his best friend in a speedboat crash a year earlier.
He hopes that the brand will be a way to end the stigma of mental health in the professional game following the experiences he’s been through.
“I was in an accident four years ago when I lost my best friend.” He said. “It was an awful accident, I tried to save him but he died already.
“After that I had nightmares, I was diagnosed with PTSD, I had panic attacks and it was just awful.
“I didn’t want to go out, I was collapsing after games, and when I got promoted with Havant at Kingstonian I had pains in my chest, I thought I’d have a heart attack.”
The new brand will see 20% of all profits go back to mental health charities.
Bradbury wants to use his experiences in the game as a way to branch out to players suffering with their mental health.
He explained: “I’ve been in the game for 20 years now both as a player or as a manager and I would like to really hit it off with the brand.
“I want to be able to go into clubs, do talks about mental health, about football as a whole and how it can affect you.
“If anyone has any problems we want to put something in place to be able to do that.”