Reading fans are set to walk from Fulham to Reading ahead of the Royals' match against the London side on Tuesday evening, to raise awareness of mental health and male suicide.

Football fans from Fulham FC and Reading FC are walking from Craven Cottage, setting off at 9pm on Monday, to the Madjeski Stadium before the game on Tuesday, which should take just over four hours.

Royals fan John Hunt said: "This is to stand together in the fight against the stigma of mental illness and the fact that suicide rates are at their highest ever figure. It is the biggest killer in men under the age of 45.

"Lee Adams (Matchwornshirt1 on Twitter) a Fulham fan, started this when they walked to the Madejski for game in August 2017.

"We did the reverse walk together along with Martin Sims before the game in April 2018.

"We raised over £8,000 for the charity Campaign against Living Miserably (CALM)."

He added: "We now have a number of other Reading fans joining us for this but there is still to get involved. 

"We even have pick up points in Bracknell (Railway Station) at 11am and Wokingham (Railway Station) at 1pm if people want to join for part of walk.

"The reason i walk is I am a nurse who has been affected by mental health issues.

"One in four people are affected by a mental health issue, hence in a matchday squad of 18 thats four to five players. In a crowd of 20,000 thats 5,000 people. 

"These figures dont lie, its great to see players like Dave Kitson and David Meyler recently talk about their own struggles as this can really help others.

"We are in it together to break down the stigma around mental illness and get people the help they need.

"On October 19 v Preston. Reading FC's Community Trust day is about mental wellbeing and that is a massive step in making OK to say your not OK.

"I'm still hoping that we can work with the club to provide regular coffee mornings to those that are isolated in the local community.

"It's our club and community even if i live in Ireland it's always home to me."