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Taking on a challenge to support our charity

Posted by Devon Partnership Trust in Charity, News on 11th February, 2020

2020 has well and truly arrived and maybe you’re thinking of taking on a charity challenge to help make a difference to people with mental health and learning disability needs.
Last year our charity which supports the services at Devon Partnership NHS Trust had some super human people take on some incredible challenges.
People like:
  • Daisy Atkins who took on the Exmoor and Dartmoor Open Swims in 2019. She said: "Having been a patient for a few years, including an inpatient stay, it seemed only right to raise money for the organisation who saved my life. I am an avid wild swimmer, so taking on a swimming challenge seemed like the way to go about fundraising. I decided on the Dartmoor and Exmoor swims because both moors have a special place in my heart and they celebrate some of the most beautiful places in the West Country. I was one of the few swimmers who took on both challenges in just a swimming costume, goggles and hat. The Dartmoor swim was sadly halved in distance because of the weather, and it was one of the toughest swims I have done due to wind and chop on the lake. Exmoor, although miserably rainy, seemed much better somehow as the wind was slightly less revolting than on Dartmoor! Completing the two swims felt amazing, and I was so proud to be able to raise money in the process of doing something I love." Read more about Daisy's story.
  • Natalie Duncan Senior Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner at TALKWORKS took on a 15,000ft skydive. Natalie said: “I signed myself 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. We all need tools and strategies to help us cope and manage how we are feeling every now and then, but we are never taught how to do this. I chose to fundraise specifically 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. 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 skydived to highlight that anxiety and depression are complexly normal. I would definitely recommend anyone who wants to challenge themselves to complete a skydive, the team there were incredibly calming, very knowledgeable and were with me every step of the way.”
2020 Challengers include:
  • Sally Stutt, Business Administrator at Franklyn Hospital is taking on the South West Coast 2 Coast which is 102km from Minehead in Somerset to Dawlish in Devon. She said: “In both my personal and work life I have always strived to make a difference to those around me, no matter how big or small. For this reason, I would like to make a difference for the staff at Franklyn Hospital, where I have worked for the past 15 years as an administrator. I am walking 102km in 24hrs to raise money to enhance the ward environment and enable staff to take time for their own mental health and wellbeing. Please help me thank all NHS staff for their continued compassion, kindness and dedication to each and every one of their patients, often going beyond the call of duty”. To support Sally please click here.
  • Katie Bridle, Management Accountant at the Trust and Debbie Stentiford, Assistant Management Accountant are taking on the UK 3 Peaks Challenge, climbing Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Mount Snowden in just two days. Katie said: “We decided to take part as it was something outside of our comfort zone and we wanted to challenge ourselves with something we wouldn’t normally do. It also gives us an incentive to get out and exercise to prepare for the challenge which is good for our health, while raising money for charity! We choose to fundraise for the charity because sometimes when you work as a back office function it doesn’t feel like you are directly contributing to someone’s experience while using our services, so it would be good to know that the money we raise will help patients. I think we are both excited and nervous and a challenge like this is great for many reasons. It is something to focus on, it benefits you for health and fitness and raises money for the charity so everyone is a winner. To support Katie and Debbie please click here.
  • Neil will be running between the two offices of the company he works for in Shropshire. He will run 30 miles in one day starting in Shrewsbury going to Telford and then back again. He said: “I am doing so to raise money for Devon Partnership Trust charity and Sport Relief. Opportunities for people to be involved in or provided a chance to play sport is important to me and I also feel a debt of gratitude to Devon Partnership Trust for the support given during probably the toughest period of my life.” To support Neil please click here.

These are just some of the incredible people taking on a challenge this year to support our charity. We have lots of opportunities on our website which include skydiving, wing walking, marathons, treks and much more.

If you’d like to take on any of these challenges, or you have your own idea what you’d like to do then please email Daniel Robson, Head of Charity Fundraising at