Please Help Me Fund My Volunteering

£10,000 goal

Campaign created 7 months ago
Hey there,

I'd like to say thank you for clicking on my Go Fund Me campaign. If you could spare 5 minutes to read my story I would be so very grateful. 

Back in 2009, my life was great. I had graduated as an Occupational Therapist and was planning on building a rewarding career working within the mental health sector. I was always passionate about helping others who struggled with their mental health, but never knew I would soon become one of the people who I had always wanted to support. 

In 2010 my life began to fall apart. I was diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and depression and struggled daily with frightening intrusive thoughts. My dream of helping others battle their mental health felt out of reach and that I would now be destined for a life of being supported by the very professionals I trained alongside. You can imagine how upsetting this was for me. I felt like a failure, weak and couldn't imagine how my life was going to turn out. As my OCD progressed I became more and more isolated, becoming housebound and the few times I did go out accompanied and supported, I went through hell. 
It took a very long time for me to get better, or at least start to work on my recovery, but I did, and I began to reclaim some parts of my life that I thought I'd lost forever. 

This is when I decided that I was going to dedicate my life to helping others who struggle with OCD and intrusive thoughts. I set up a support group in my local area and after 5 years of running it, I can tell you, I wouldn't have wanted my life to be any different now. Sometimes our life takes strange and twisted turns to get you to the destination where you were always meant to be. 

I began volunteering by running training courses all about OCD. I wanted to share my story, share the content of my intrusive thoughts that frightened me (and frighten everyone who lives with them) to show others that everyone has them, no matter how frightening and strange they are. 

I thought about other ways I could support others, and I decided to start writing a blog www.overcominganxietyblog.com to share my story, try to inspire others and offer advice on how you can enhance your own wellbeing. It's been running for almost 6 months now and I have loved every minute spent on it. It has enabled me to reach thousands of people who might have been struggling with anxiety, OCD and intrusive thoughts. 

Every role that I work is entirely voluntary and I want to continue doing this good work for the rest of my life. I struggle financially and cannot work due to the complications of my OCD. But I can do what I do now, the volunteering and work at my own pace, always for the greater good helping others to get better. 

A simple donation, no matter how big or small will really help me in continuing to support others. Naturally, we all need money to live, and I'm no exception.  I run a car to get to and from my support group, which is expensive for me to run, but vital to my volunteering. 

Lastly, I just want to say thank you for reading this far and thank you if you chose to help me in my mission to help others.
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