A CHARITY basketball day which raises funds for a men’s mental health support group has more than doubled in size in its second year.

Andy’s Man Club Basketball Charity Event was held for the first time last year raising over £1,000 but organiser Dean Heseltine says interest in this year’s event has been amazing.

“We have had to cap it at 60 players – we had 26 last year – and I have even got a reserve list of people wanting to sign up to play on the day,” said Dean.

“It’s doubled and more since last year which is great. Basketball is my passion and I have friends and family who have had mental health issues so that’s where the idea came from.”

The basketball day will be on Sunday June 25 at Honeywell Sports Village – entrance is free for spectators and players pay £10 to take part. Games will be played throughout the day followed by an all-star game.

Dean, who plays for Kingstone Knights in the Sheffield Basketball League, is already selling raffle tickets for a giant draw which will take place on the day.

“We have lots of prizes already thanks to a network of great friends and family with numerous people donating. We couldn’t have done it without all the support we have had from everyone including Andy’s Man Club and Honeywell Sports Village. My wife Kerry has been helping with all the organisation too.”

Prizes so far include vouchers, a log cabin with hot tub break, hampers and lots more.

Tickets, at £1 each, can be bought by messaging Dean through Facebook https: //www.facebook.com/Andysmanclubbasketballevent