George Toplis: Mental Health Through Sport
George Toplis was an amazing sportsman. Accomplished and qualified in all his sports, including rugby and judo. To him, sport was where he felt he could achieve and feel a sense of self-worth, in which he felt valued and included. It was on the rugby pitch, on the dojo and in the boxing ring that George was ‘in his element’ and where he found wellness and a feeling of being an ordinary person in a confusing world. George was on the ‘high level’ of the Autistic Spectrum, extremely intelligent and logical, mathematical as well as scientific. He also suffered from mental illness connected with his ASD.
George took his own life in May 2016 aged 21. His family and friends set up this fund to celebrate George’s life and to support others with autism and/or mental illness through sport. He will be remembered by all who knew him as a very kind, polite and compassionate man, who embodied the core sportsmanlike qualities of being a true team player, wanting to support and help those around him.
The ethos of the ‘George Toplis: Mental Health Through Sport’ fund is the prevention of isolation, loneliness and mental health deterioration.
Our aim is to support young people in sport, as well as their families and carers. George’s family and friends will be fundraising to increase the number of people like George to whom we can provide long term support. Two Ridings CF is working with George’s family to achieve this aim.
This page will be updated when applications for grants from the funds are open.