Storm Janssen, 31, took the plunge and abseiled 100 feet down the front of King’s College Hospital’s Golden Jubilee Wing, to raise funds for South London and Maudsley (SLaM). Storm has had a long relationship with South London and Maudsley (SLaM), having been a service user, carer and staff member.
‘Over the years I have much to thank SLaM for and this is a small way that I can return the favour. Until I was employed here I was a service user on and off for about 12 years. I was treated for a variety of things over the years, including Personality Disorder, Anxiety Disorder and depression. My experiences were mixed over those years but my latter years as a service user were with The Cawley Centre. The team at the centre were a great help in getting me where I am today and I have nothing but respect for the job the staff there do, and the patience they exhibit.
Voluntary work became a full-time job!
‘When I was coming to the end of my time there, the unit’s Occupational Therapist recommended me doing some voluntary work which I did for about a year. That subsequently led to a permanent full-time job and they’ve now been stuck with me for over six years!’
‘I’d seen the abseil event advertised for a few years running and I had always fancied doing it but it took a while to pluck up the courage to actually apply! This is my first abseil, charitable or otherwise and I was really looking forward to the view from the top. I’ve also managed to talk one of my colleagues into doing the abseil too – I’m not quite sure she’s forgiven me yet but I know she loved it!
‘I did my fundraising via Facebook, email and word of mouth – and not including gift aid I managed to raise £185 online and about £90 via the sponsorship form. I’m hoping the money I raised will go to the Maudsley Occupational Therapy service at the Community Link Centre where I currently work. We work with individuals on the acute wards, as well as individuals who have been recently discharged to support their transition back home. I started off as a volunteer here so it’s played a major part in my recovery.’
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