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Running total of funds raised, all proceeds to Mind:

Target        £1,500

Current    £11,098

RAISING FUNDS FOR THE UK MENTAL HEALTH CHARITY MIND
 


This site went live in June 2020 when the first wave of the pandemic had already caused terrible suffering and we were in the midst of a difficult lockdown. This update in January 2021 has seen a second wave of the virus with mutations as well as a third distressing lockdown. The suffering, physical, mental and economic, continues.

 

As a keen amateur photographer, I have produced this photobook of (hopefully) inspiring and interesting images to raise funds for a wonderful charity that is striving to relieve the mental suffering caused through the devastating loss of life, the impact of lockdown and loneliness, and the economic and lifestyle impacts. 

I also have a personal story prompting me to raise funds for mental health causes. About 10 years ago, I was struck by depression. From a very happy family environment, in good health and doing well in my career, I pretty much fell off a cliff and suffered three years of utterly dark times. I used every bit of medical help available and with a wonderful supportive family, I managed somehow to cling to some normality. Depression can take a huge toll obviously mentally but also physically, and it took me another three years to feel as if I had recovered. I have broken all sorts of bones and ligaments, but absolutely nothing in my life has compared to the anguish, the despair and the desperation I felt then. 

In recent years, mental health has been a little more openly spoken about, perhaps thanks to people like Stephen Fry, royal support and so many people on the front line, but it has forever been an under-invested area. Covid-19 has brought about further huge suffering of course and so I felt mental health, Mind in particular, was my clear cause to try to raise funds and help during lockdown and beyond.


I have tried to find images I have taken over my digital camera years (2005-2020 plus one image from 1982) that are both enjoyable and interesting to appeal to as wide an audience as possible. You will turn the pages fast in some places but may linger over others. My main goal is that you have some enjoyment in return for your generosity. 

Mind is one of the biggest national charities in the UK addressing mental health. Covid-19 is clearly having an enormous impact on the mental wellbeing of people whether their worries are personal health, worries about family and friends, coping with isolation or anxieties about jobs and finances. These worries will likely last beyond the pandemic itself and will certainly continue to result in real suffering.  Whilst we may have got over the worst of the pandemic in our country (much less so in others), the mental health crisis will continue for years, and so we must think long term and not take mental health recovery for granted. 

Mind's website states "more than half of adults and over two thirds of young people said that their mental health has got worse during the period of lockdown restrictions". Mind has resources from online information through to trained support staff and are a leading and respected source of advice and counsel for mental wellbeing. However, their resources are hugely stretched as the pandemic has halted so many of their fund-raising channels. 

My appeal to you therefore is to donate as much as you possibly can. Please go to the Images in the Photobook tab to see the images featured and then, if you would like to, go to the Buy the Charity Photobook tab to select the price option that you are comfortable with.

I am also really delighted to be able to offer a limited edition of  copies endorsed and signed by well known personalities:

 

Actor, comedian and writer Stephen Fry. President of Mind since 2011, Stephen has been a tireless campaigner, supporter and advocate for everyone experiencing mental health problems. 

Sir Richard Branson is an English business magnate and investor. In the 1970s he founded the Virgin Group, which today controls more than 400 companies in various fields.

Sir Alastair Cook played in 161 Tests for England, the most by any England player, with 59 as captain. He scored 33 Test centuries and  was the youngest player in history to reach 10,000 runs scoring 12,472 in total.

Dame Emma Thompson is an actress, screenwriter, activist, author and comedian. She is one of Britain's most acclaimed actresses and is the recipient of numerous accolades, including two Academy Awards, a Primetime Emmy Award, three BAFTA Awards and two Golden Globe Awards. 

Dame Kelly Holmes has signed a limited edition. Kelly is a double Olympic gold medal winner having won the 800mtrs  and 1500mtrs at the 2004 Athens Olympics. She is also hugely empathetic towards mental health causes.

Marcus Trescothick, Somerset and 76 caps for England cricket, has signed a limited edition. Marcus was a wonderful cricketer and given his own struggles at times, he is a strong advocate of mental health causes.

Also, Maro Itoje and Courtney Lawes, the England and British Lions rugby internationals as well as Dan Biggar of Wales and the British Lions, have signed a number of copies.

Thank you, David Sykes 

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