Rachel goes the extra mile to help local trust
A teaching assistant from Liverpool hit the roads to raise funds for the NHS trust that helped her overcome a series of mental health issues – accompanied by her two dogs.
To say thank you to Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS), Rachel Gu undertook a mammoth 70 mile walk over five days in the hopes of raising £800 for local services.
Rachel said: “I walked from my home in Liverpool to Warrington, across the Wirral and finished finally in Chester, accompanied by my two furry friends Paddy and Tigger on alternate legs, to raise money for CWP’s charity.
“I first came into contact with CWP as a CAMHS inpatient when I was struggling with several issues, including depression, self-harm and an eating disorder. At my lowest point, I had lost all hope of having a better future.
She added: “I was initially scared, confused and unwilling to accept being treated so far from my home in Liverpool, but was supported throughout by fantastic staff who reassured me I could get better.
“They helped me not only recover from my illness but through every aspect of my life, such as taking my exams, going back to school and supporting my family.
“Since then, I have been working as a primary school teaching assistant and doing a part-time degree - things I wouldn't have believed possible a few years ago."
Rachel has also been involved with the exciting development of the £14m new CAMHS build on the Countess of Chester Health Park site. Together with other members who support CWP’s work, they came up with the name ‘Ancora House’ for the regional adolescent mental health unit, ‘ancora’ meaning hope, refuge and support in Latin.
For more information on Rachel’s walk and to donate, visit her My Donate page at: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/rachelgu1