Ben Dimmock

Ben Dimmock

National Three Peaks Challenge

Supporting

Total raised so far£0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Target£0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]Thank you for visiting my page. In September I am taking on an incredibly fast-paced and physically challenging adventure, by taking on the three highest peaks in England, Scotland and Wales. Considered one of Britain’s toughest outdoor challenges, the National 3 Peaks Challenge takes in the dizzy heights of Ben Nevis (1,344m), Scafell Pike (978m) and Snowdon (1,085m).[/p][p]Over the course of 24 hours I will trek around 26 miles and ascend to a total height of almost 3,000m.[/p][p]I am fundraising in support of Mind as this is a charity very close to my heart. [/p][p]A few years I suffered from severe depression. Here is my story……[/p][p]I have always been a confident person where nothing has really phased me. Any problem I had I could rationally deal with it and move on without any issues. However one day I just didn’t feel right. This feeling carried on for days and even weeks.[/p][p]It really is hard to describe what it feels like to be depressed. I don’t think that I ever could. Or at least, I could never describe it in a way that would give significant resonance to how it really feels. I have always been a person who has never had a problem finding ways to express how I feel and it has always come naturally to me. When it comes to expressing how depression and anxiety have affected me, it’s like I’m scared to even let it out, because then it would give life to the ‘thing’ that had been so dark and awful for so many weeks of my life.[/p][p]I guess I felt as if I had lost all control of myself. I felt immensly sad from the moment I woke up to the moment I went to bed. I couldn’t laugh or smile. I couldn’t think positively about anything in my life. It didn’t even know for sure if I even wanted to live. All I wanted to do was cry and that’s what I did, a lot! I felt as though my mind was so weak, I didn’t know who I was anymore. [/p][p]I couldn’t rationalise anything or enjoy anything. It’s a truly awful feeling to think that you have no control of your mind. I was in a very dark place. Darker than anyone could imagine. I felt I had nothing left.[/p][p]Admitting it to myself was the hardest thing of all. For a long time, I refused to say that I was depressed. I was so ashamed of myself. I was a man, a husband, a father. I wasn’t allowed to be depressed. I’m not weak. This is just a blip! I thought that people would think I had no reason to be depressed or they would say I was just being stupid. I didn’t want to let my family down.[/p][p]Admitting it to myself was the hardest thing of all, because those negative and completely false assumptions had come from me. It felt like admitting I was crazy, and a failure as a husband, father and son to my parents with no reason to be the way I was.[/p][p]What I want to get across is that it’s very important that people are not ashamed.[/p][p]Now, I am in a much better place. I was given the support from loved ones to talk, and they listened. It also took a lot for me to go to the doctors and after breaking down in tears admitting to them that I needed some help. It is through talking and researching via Mind that I learnt a lot about mental health problems like depression, and my increased understanding made it far easier to accept it for myself.[/p][p]I do have ups and downs still. Only very recently I have felt very low. However releasing myself from the stigma that I had has allowed me to see that I do not need to be ashamed. It’s very important that people are not ashamed and that they feel able to talk, to anybody that they want too. In my opinion, it is the affirmation that you are not alone that will be the best support you will ever receive.[/p][p]Please talk to someone if you feel like this. What I have suffered is fairly mild compared to how some people suffer from this illness. An illness that can kill. This is a hidden illness that someone can easily look to others that they are absolutely fine. When I’m face they are in absolute agony inside. Desperate to find a way through the black cloud to keep them going and wanting to wake up each day. [/p][p]Please also look out for signs that friends and family may be suffering from depression. Be patient and be supportive. Listen to them if they want to talk. Encourage them to talk.[/p][p]Thank you for taking the time to read this.”[/p][p]I would really appreciate it if you could please sponsor me to raise valuable funds for the charity Mind who do an incredible job to support people who are suffering from a mental health related illness. [/p][p]Thanks you so much in advance [/p][p]Ben[/p][p]Who are Mind?[/p][p]We're Mind, the mental health charity. We believe no one should have to face a mental health problem alone. We're here for you. Today. Now. Whether you're stressed, depressed or in crisis. We'll listen, give support and advice, and fight your corner.[/p][p]We provide [url=https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/]advice and support[/url] to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. We [url=https://www.mind.org.uk/news-campaigns/campaigns/]campaign[/url] to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. We won't give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets support and respect.[/p][p]Watch this short video to find out more?[/p][p][url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPxHTZRwXX8]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPxHTZRwXX8[/url][/p][p]I'm raising funds to support the important work Mind does and to allow them to continue to be there for everyone who needs them. Please donate if you can.[/p][p]This is what your donation could do:[/p][p][b]£10[/b] could allow us to send essential information booklets about mental health to 40 people.[/p][p][b]£40[/b] could pay for 28 people to campaign for change on our behalf.[/p][p][b]£70[/b] could keep our online community, Elefriends, open and safe for two hours. [/p][p][b]£120[/b] could offer a lifeline to eight people in desperate need of support from our Mind legal line.[/p][p][b]£200[/b] could help us keep the Mind Infoline open for 1 hour, helping 35 people.[/p][p][b]£300[/b] could support a young person bereaved by suicide to access 1:1 and group support. [/p][p][b]£550[/b] could provide five people struggling with their mental health a place in a 10-week wellbeing group with team sports and cookery.[/p][p]Thank you for taking the time to visit my page and for donating. Your support is hugely appreciated.[/p][p]Through Virgin Money Giving, you can sponsor me and donations will be quickly processed and passed to Mind. [/p][p]Virgin Money Giving is a not for profit organisation and will claim gift aid on a charity's behalf where the donor is eligible for this.[/p]
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Supporters


Sep 29, 2021

Brian Carter

£15.00

plus £3.75 Gift Aid


Sep 27, 2021

Julie Henderson

Great effort Ben, well done!!

£15.00

plus £3.75 Gift Aid


Sep 27, 2021

Jayne Klein

Wowzers Ben! Fantastic- well done to you all X


Sep 27, 2021

Anonymous

Amazing! Well done


Sep 27, 2021

Carl

Well done Ben, massive achievement!

£10.00

plus £2.50 Gift Aid


Sep 27, 2021

Jane and family x

So very proud you my incredible and courageous cousin xx

£30.00

plus £7.50 Gift Aid


Sep 26, 2021

Nikki Mansell

Well done on this challenge, Ben! A very worthy cause.


Sep 26, 2021

Christina

Amazing achievement for a very well deserved cause. Thank you Ben x


Sep 26, 2021

Steve Sweetlove

Well done, great effort for a great cause

£20.00

plus £5.00 Gift Aid


Sep 26, 2021

Rod Shepherd

Well done Ben.

£5.00

plus £1.25 Gift Aid

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