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Richard Heddington

Mork & Mind

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My story

[p]Hi, thanks for visiting my page. Through Virgin Money Giving, you can sponsor me and donations will be quickly processed and passed to charities. 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. I really appreciate all your support and thank you for any donations.[/p][p][/p][hr/][lt]h1 style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif; line-height: 19px;"[gt]Mork & Mind[lt]/h1[gt][p][lt]img style="vertical-align: middle; margin: 10px;" src="http://hedsite.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Robin-Williams-featured.jpg" alt="Robin Williams" width="400" height="266" /[gt][/p] [lt]h3 style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif; line-height: 19px;"[gt]I’m a comedy kind of guy:[lt]/h3[gt] [lt]p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: 19px;"[gt]I was born within a few days and a few miles of Lee Evans, I share the same birthday as Jerry Lewis, and most poignant at the moment, I look (a bit) like Robin Williams. It could be worse, I could look like Mrs Doubtfire. Essentially, my destiny is to laugh, make others laugh and generally be a bit of an idiot.[/p][lt]h3 style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif; line-height: 19px;"[gt]Hero[lt]/h3[gt] [lt]p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: 19px;"[gt]Robin Williams was always a hero of mine, and having grown up with him his loss is hard to comprehend. As a kid I laughed at Mork & Mindy, when the hormones kicked in and adulthood beckoned I laughed at ‘Live at the Met’ and when the laughing stopped my admiration only grew when he demonstrated that such a loose cannon comedian could even carry a straight role.[/p] [lt]p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: 19px;"[gt]He was clearly a creative genius, but as is so frequently documented, genius is a firework factory and he was so sparky something was sure to go boom.[/p] [lt]p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: 19px;"[gt]It did.[/p] [span=color: #000000;][div=text-align: center;][lt]span style="font-style: italic;"[gt][lt]span style="color: #333333;"[gt]"I used to think the worst thing in life is to end up all alone. It's not. The worst thing in life is to end up with people who make you feel all alone."[/span][lt]/span[gt][/div][lt]p style="text-align: center;"[gt][span=font-style: italic;][lt]span style="color: #333333;"[gt]Robin Williams[/span][lt]/span[gt][/p] [p][span=font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif; color: #333333; font-size: x-small;][lt]span style="line-height: 19px;"[gt][lt]span style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19px;"[gt]The idea that so much fun can originate from within a vacuum of misery is heartbreaking, and it has made me think about mental illness and what can be done.[/span][lt]/span[gt][lt]/span[gt][/p][lt]/span[gt][lt]h3 style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif; line-height: 19px;"[gt]Mental health awareness[lt]/h3[gt] [lt]p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: 19px;"[gt]Awareness is something that the ordinary man on the street can contribute, and because they don’t come much more ordinary than me, I decided I wanted to do something to help raise awareness. But what? Fortunately, comedy again supplied what I was looking for, this time in the form of long-time sufferer and ambassador to the cause, Stephen Fry. As president of the charity Mind, I figured 'if it’s good enough for Stephen it’s good enough for me'.[/p] [lt]p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: 19px;"[gt][url=http://www.mind.org.uk/][lt]img class="wp-image-3755 size-full aligncenter" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://hedsite.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/mind-logo.jpg" alt="mind-logo" width="205" height="90" /[gt][/url][/p] [lt]p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: 19px;"[gt]So, I had my chosen charity, what do I do now? Charity means fundraising, and fundraising often means sponsorship.[/p] [lt]h3 style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif; line-height: 19px;"[gt]The sponsorship challenge[lt]/h3[gt] [lt]p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: 19px;"[gt]For a long time, I was unsure what to undertake as a sponsorship challenge and contemplated the usual activities. I could have followed David Walliams’ lead by swimming, but not being too strong in the water the idea of a couple of widths of our local pool didn’t really match up to his swimming the entire length of The Thames. Various assaults on The Great Wall of China and Mount Kilimanjaro are popular activities when it comes to fundraising, as is skydiving, but I wasn’t sure what to put in the 'amount per' column on the sponsorship forms. I suppose I could use amount per mile if I walked the Great Wall, but amount per mountain and amount per plummet didn’t sound right. I did consider making a triathlon of all these ideas whereby I would roller-skate the Great Wall of China, Cycle up Mount Kilimanjaro then skydive over the Great Barrier Reef, but that is such a big challenge I might need someone to help. I wonder if John Bishop has got rid of his blisters and fancies doing another biggie?[lt]br /[gt]In the hope that I could match the task to the cause I contemplated the issue further.[/p] [lt]h3 style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif; line-height: 19px;"[gt]Thinking about it[lt]/h3[gt] [lt]p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: 19px;"[gt]To say suicide is cowardice is to miss the point. It is failing to realise that the desire for self preservation is so strong that when that desire is lost there has to be something seriously wrong.[/p] [lt]p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: 19px;"[gt]Looking at it from a perfectly rational point of view it is hard to understand why anyone would do such a thing, and that is where the understanding falls down. If someone has plummeted to that point where the faintest glimmer of hope has been extinguished, then there [i]is [/i]no rational thinking. Attempting to comprehend such a state of mind is like gazing at the starlit sky and trying to grasp the size of the universe. If you think about it properly it will quite quickly frazzle your mind. Big doesn’t even begin to quantify it. Johnny Vegas is big, but you can’t use the same adjective to describe the universe. The scale of magnitude is different by a factor of about a gazillion. And the same rules apply when thinking about mental illness. When you start by thinking about it so deeply that it frazzles your mind, [i]then [/i]you have to realise you are still nowhere near understanding it. If your idea of depression is 'getting a bit sad at the world', and your idea of treatment is 'get a grip' and 'pull yourself together', then you are unlikely to ever understand, and you are as much a victim of modern life as they are.[lt]img style="float: right; margin: 10px;" src="http://hedsite.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/robin-jabberwocky-blog.jpg" alt="Robin Williams laughing" width="200" height="250" /[gt][/p] [lt]p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: 19px;"[gt]So what happens when someone does reach that point? Sadly, the answer so often is 'nothing’. We are so cocooned in our preoccupied modern lives that we are numbed from the reality of pain, misery and hardship and we don’t recognise it when we see it. Or rather, we don’t even see it in the first place. Part of the problem with mental illness is that it is invisible, silently wreaking havoc on the delicate structure of the mind, eventually revealing itself as an aftermath.[/p] [lt]h3 style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif; line-height: 19px;"[gt]So what am I going to do?[lt]/h3[gt] [lt]p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: 19px;"[gt]And then, as I pulled myself out of the sadness created by the thought of severe mental illness I realised what the task should be. It should represent the nature of mental illness, its lack of visibility, its solitary nature and unwillingness to show itself or be seen. I should do nothing.[/p] [lt]h3 style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif; line-height: 19px;"[gt]Sponsored 'Nothing'[lt]/h3[gt] [lt]p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: 19px;"[gt]I hereby propose to carry out a sponsored 'Nothing' in aid of [b]Mind[/b], the UK’s leading mental health charity. The challenge will take place between now and July 21st, the date of Robin Williams’ birthday.[/p][lt]p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: 19px;"[gt][span=font-size: 13.333333969116211px;]In exchange for your hard earned cash, I shall endeavour to do nothing.[/span][/p][lt]p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: 19px;"[gt]For the duration of the challenge I shall not attempt to swim the Zambezi, pogo up K2 or skydive naked from a hot air balloon. What I do after that date remains to be seen.[/p] [lt]h3 style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif; line-height: 19px;"[gt]Thanks for the laughter Robin Williams[lt]/h3[gt] [lt]p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: 19px;"[gt]I don’t want you to pay me for having fun. [span=color: #000000;]I want you to pay me to drop something into the charity box labelled Mind in the hope that it may help someone who needs it. It may even help someone to laugh again. And on that note I say thanks for the laughter Robin Williams.[/span][/p]

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Event

Personal Challenge Date

21 Jul 2015

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Supporters

07-May-2015

Richard Heddington

For LFH. Happy birthday Dad.

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

11-Apr-2015

Susannah

£25.00 plus £6.25 Gift Aid

12-Jan-2015

Mary

this is a lovely thing to do for a good cause

£10.00

09-Oct-2014

Llewe

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

01-Sep-2014

Dan Rolfe

Good effort but shame about the effort.

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

22-Aug-2014

Ashleigh

great cause, great man!

£5.00

19-Aug-2014

Rachel Rendell

Thanks for the laughter Robin Williams and Richard Heddington.

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

19-Aug-2014

Neville

Thank you Rich.

£10.00

19-Aug-2014

Josie and Ben

I have tried to think of something witty to write here...but I have failed miserably. Thanks for the laughter.... reading this has made me smile and reflect and I have no doubt others will too. Such a worthy cause xx

£5.00 plus £1.25 Gift Aid

19-Aug-2014

Madi Breach

Well said Rich. X

£5.00 plus £1.25 Gift Aid