I can remember my interview to become a Committee Member as Advertising Assistant with the Founder of LEAPS and Dave Taws, the Chair. After being successful, I continued the role for two years - during which I started the group's Twitter account (@leapsonline), created their first website, and successfully applied for funding from the Big Lottery Community Fund - until I started to feel unchallenged and at the 2019 Annual General Meeting, I put myself forward to be Deputy Chair to Dave.
Over the two years I'd been with LEAPS, Dave had been one of the greatest supporters of my work, my achievements, and also my personal mental health (which deteriorated to a suicide attempt). So, I thought it would be an absolute honour to be second to him. I didn't expect Dave to say that I could completely take 'the reins' and take his position!
Not long later, Dave was diagnosed with terminal Cancer and I accompanied him for his first Chemotherapy treatment. Unfortunately, Dave didn't live to his Oncologist's prediction of two and a half years, and on November 27th 2020 he passed away. My role model and inspiration passed away. The group's 'leader' and member with - arguably - the biggest personality, passed away.
Everyone at LEAPS has dealt differently and used various coping skills to deal with the loss of such a prominent and important person. The skills we've all displayed though, has been kindness and care for one another. We've remained a little community and - even considering the pandemic and UK lockdown - we have continued to support each other and be a team in rallying around to provide a listening ear and as a result, the opportunity to be helped and supported.
Writing this, I recognize how lucky we are to have each other, but now?
Well, now we need your help.
I think we've come to learn, or at least realize, that as much as it's a priority to care for the loved one with Cancer, that isn't able to happen efficiently if the carer is disadvantaged in some way. If they're unemployed, have a mental illness, a long-term disabling health condition... And we need to recognize this. So, LEAPS would like to create marketing materials (mainly leaflets and posters) about this, in memory of Dave and we need your help in funding it.
For more about Dave: http://www.imnotdisordered.co.uk/2020/11/coping-with-grief-rest-in-peace-dave.html
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