This month we have two brave people taking on a 15,000ft skydive to support our charity and raise money to enhance our services over and above what the NHS is able to fund.
Natalie Duncan, Senior Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner at TALKWORKS said: “I signed up to do the skydive to help raise awareness about the mental health problems that anyone at any time can face, and how normal it is when we are confronted with the various challenges that life throws at us.
I have chosen to fundraise for TALKWORKS, as this is the service that anyone can access, all anyone has to do is pick up the phone and book an appointment with a therapist. I do many talks about the service and am still surprised by how many people have never heard of TALKWORKS, or don’t know that there is a service out there that can teach you fast acting, practical CBT tools to help you manage your own mental health and wellbeing.
I’m skydiving to highlight that anxiety and depression are complexly normal, I am definitely going to be feeling panicky! But I know the steps to help manage and overcome those fears and emotions, TALKWORKS can teach you those steps too, so you can use them in your own life.
I hope by jumping out of a plane, I can inspire others to take a leap of faith and the first steps to get the support you need when you need to get your life back on track.
Please do donate what you can to this amazing NHS trust to help them keep providing the best care that they can, the more funding they have, the more people they will be able to support.”
Kira Cox, Staff Nurse at the Additional Support Unit said: “When I found out that our charity had a specific Learning Disability Fund I knew I definitely had to do it. I wanted to fundraise because I work here and I understand some of the struggles we face on the frontline. We all do an amazing job with the people we work with and we try our hardest, so I am raising money in the hope the funds can make something a little easier and provide support to our patients."
If you would like to show your support for our awesome skydivers, Natalie and Kira you can donate by clicking on the names below:
If this has inspired you and you’d like to take on this challenge or look at other challenges that are available then click here for more information. If have any questions relating to the charity, or you have you own fundraising idea then please email Daniel Robson, Head of Charity Fundraising at firstname.lastname@example.org.