This weekend we have three incredible people taking on some inspiring feats to raise money for the DPT Charity to support our mental health and learning disability services.
On Saturday Angela Moon, Specialist Occupational Therapist and Ruth Shearman, Clerical Worker take on a 15,000ft tandem skydive.
Angela said: “I am always positively challenged by the amazing way our clients adapt and overcome the many issues they face on a daily basis and the support we are able to offer them; their families and carers as well as how all DPT staff have responded to all COVID-19 had to throw at us. I want to contribute in any way I can to enhancing what we can offer to support clients, carers and staff."
Ruth said: “The pandemic has placed enormous pressure on NHS services, more specifically in mental health. I am supporting this charity as I see daily the difference mental health services make to people's lives and the tireless work that goes into supporting people in their recovery."
On Sunday Caroline Nicholson, Devon Recovery Learning Community Manager will be taking on the Exmoor Open Water Swim. Caroline said: “I started cold water immersion swimming last September. It was the wake-up call I need to help me get both my physical and mental health back on track. I set myself a few goals. To keep me motivated, I decided to enter Exmoor's Open Water Swim to help raise funds for the DPT Charity.
"I have continued to swim each week in the Exe and with lockdown lifting the Devon Recovery Learning Community continues to run both outdoor swimming (with wetsuits) and cold-water immersion swimming courses (leave your wetsuit at home). I have witnessed the transformative physical and mental health benefits this activity has made to our students over the months. For me cold-water immersion swimming and outdoor swimming more generally has been literally been life-changing: I am fitter and no longer pre-diabetic, my blood pressure has dropped to a healthy normal, my mental health has improved, and I find the experience invigorating, helping me feel alive and full of energy. I set the goal to swim 2.2Km at the Exmoor Open Water Swim this Sunday."
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Good luck to our three brave fundraisers this weekend. If you’d like to fundraise for us, or have any questions please email Daniel Robson, Head of Charity Fundraising, at firstname.lastname@example.org.