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Tom Clancy

OCDwalk - Coast to Coast

Challenge complete

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Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p][url=http://www.OCDwalk.com]www.OCDwalk.com[/url][/p][p]Hi there, my name is Tom Clancy, 32, and I'm about to embark on another walk - this time following in the footsteps of Wainright - from Coast to Coast - to [url=https://ocdwalk.com/about/]change the way people think about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder[/url] - OCD.[/p][p]I want to raise awareness for what is an extremely misunderstood and misrepresented mental health condition, and to help those who are suffering.[/p][p]Unfortunately OCD has defined [url=https://ocdwalk.com/my-ocd-story/]my life for the last 12 years[/url] and continues to do so. My twenties - supposedly the best time of a persons life - were characterised by fear, perpetual anxiety, stress, self-doubt, self-hatred, depression. Living with OCD is terrifying. At my lowest, OCD made me question whether life was even worth living. It took this lowest point in 2014/15 for me to realise that I couldn't do this alone anymore and that I needed help - which I recieved through a life-changing course of CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) through my local NHS talking service.[/p][p]Worryingly [url=https://ocdwalk.com/about/statistics/]10-15 years is actually an average[/url] time that it can take people with OCD to find help. Sufferers may be unaware that the mental torture going on inside their head - caused by [url=https://ocdwalk.com/about/intrusive-thoughts/]Intrusive Thoughts[/url] and Images - is actually OCD; that it is diagnosable, that other people are experiencing it and that [url=https://ocdwalk.com/help/][b]there is help[/b][/url][b]![/b] Sufferers may also be scared to speak out because of the subject matter of their thoughts or because they are afraid of what others may think of them. As someone who suffers from OCD every day, I am concerned about the number of people out there who are suffering alone, in silence. People do not know the truth about OCD.[/p][p]9 months on from my OCDwalk from John O'Groats to Lands End, I find myself in a place where OCD is negatively impacting my life to the extent that again I feel I need help. I have reached out and joined a 16 week waiting list for a Stage 3 assessment that will hopefully lead to a further course of CBT. OCD is an on going process with no quick fix - and for this reason it is vital that people speak out and find help...[/p][p][url=http://www.ocdaction.org.uk/]www.ocdaction.org.uk[/url] is one of the many way in which you can find help and support, and are the charity I will be walking and fundraising for. They are a fantastic, passionate organistaion, committed to 'changing minds nationwide' - improving understanding, diagnosis, treatment, support, information and getting people talking. [/p][p]Visit [url=http://www.OCDwalk.com]www.OCDwalk.com[/url] for more information about OCD, help and support, my story, information on the [url=https://ocdwalk.com/donate/]charities[/url], ways to [url=https://ocdwalk.com/contact/]follow me on social media[/url], and more.[/p][p]Please share this information in any way you can and help spread the word about the reality of OCD.[/p][p]Thank you![/p][p]Tom[/p]

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Personal Challenge Date

19 Jun 2017

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Supporters

Jul 2, 2017

Debs

Well done Tom! Great achievement and worthy cause.

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Jul 1, 2017

Living with OCD 2

Sorry it's such a little amount for such a great cause and even bigger achievement. My only income is ESA.

£5.00

Jun 28, 2017

Marj

Best of luck, Tom!

£10.00

Jun 20, 2017

Edd Rawles

Good luck cous, I'm sure this'll be a walk in the park (yes, awful pun intended) compared to last year!

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Jun 20, 2017

Jen Hughes

This is an incredible thing you're doing, I hope you manage to reach your target! As an OCD sufferer myself, thank you so much for raising awareness, so that people can understand how this is a debilitating illness, and not something to be joked about.

£25.00 plus £6.25 Gift Aid

Jun 19, 2017

Kav

You're a hero Tom, I hope the walk goes well, I'll not be able to join you unfortunately as we're in the middle of packing for a house move!

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Jun 19, 2017

Mum

Very proud of you. Good luck and have a great time. Love Mum.

£25.00

Jun 19, 2017

Georgia

Just do it! Love you bro xx

£25.00 plus £6.25 Gift Aid

Jun 18, 2017

Shelly Barclay

Hey, Tom! Wishing you a safe and successful trip. Thank you for your efforts to raise awareness for this disorder. Looking forward to this year's photos.

£50.00

Jun 18, 2017

Andy Fitzpatrick

£20.00