Mental health nurse launches fundraiser in memory of brother - The Solihull Observer

Mental health nurse launches fundraiser in memory of brother

Solihull Editorial 6th Jul, 2024   0

A MENTAL health nurse is on a fundraising mission to help those who suffer childhood trauma in memory of her brother.

Lydia Stafford has launched a fundraising page to help boost coffers at two charities which support people with Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) in honour of Gavin.

Gavin passed away peacefully at Warwick Hospital on June 20, at the age of 44.

Lydia, who lives in Shirley, said her path into mental health nursing was influenced by Gavin who was a patient on the Irwin Unit between 1995 and 1996, where he was diagnosed with psychosis at 15.

She also visited him at the Parkview site and the temporary Charles Burns/Holly-moor Site.

The Senior Clinical Nurse Specialist and IROC/ Non-Violent Resistance Lead at Toucan (the West Midlands Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) Provider Collaborative) dedicates her career path has dedicated her career path to her brother.

She said: “My brother struggled with mental illness since he was a child. First-hand, I experienced the devastation to our family, and very early on I gained strength from witnessing the impact that kind, compassionate, and connected CAMHS clinicians had on my brother. When I was deciding what to do with my life after my A-levels, all I knew was I wanted to be like a significant professional who changed my brother’s life for the better, and the rest, `as they say` is history.”

To honour his memory Lydia wants to raise £1,500 for two charities – Richmond Fellowship, which Gavin had help from and Wave Trust – both ‘address the root cause of distress, rather than treating symptoms; in a trauma informed way’.

Writing on the Just Giving page Lydia said: “In his childhood and early adulthood he received support that was relational and therapeutic from CAMHS Solihull and Birmingham, and an organisation called Richmond Fellowship.

“This enabled him to access education, work, volunteer, socalise and even reduce medication.

“Richmond Fellowship in particular understood my brothers symptoms as being linked to his past experiences.”

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