Glasgow-based Founder and CEO, Cat Divers, created My Pickle CIC (from the phrase ‘in a pickle’) based on personal experience. Having faced and overcome personal challenges she understands how hard it can be to find support and wanted to help others.
Alice Hendy tragically lost her brother, Josh, on the 25th November 2020 from suicide. Josh was her only sibling, and sadly passed away too soon at just 21 years of age.
This year, you have proved again how important you are.
When lockdown began, we knew things would be different. To keep people safe from suicide, we would have to adapt our work. So we turned to you, our supporters.
You helped us get to grips with our first ever webinars. You influenced a major upgrade of the StayAlive app. You ran virtual fundraising events and joined our online campaigns.
And together, we made a difference.
Ben Raemers’ passion for life and skating was contagious, matched only by his skill. At 13, he petitioned his local council to build a skatepark. At 18, he was competing professionally and grabbing attention from the biggest skate brands in the world. At 25, he won ‘King of the Road’, one of the toughest skatebording comps in America.
Phoebe is a final year student studying to be a Mental Health Nurse. She is also a keen runner and has signed up to support Grassroots in the London Half Marathon and the Brighton Half Marathon as a member of the Grassroots Runners.
Raquel is a Grassroots Suicide Prevention supporter and fundraiser who has appeared in our blog before. She is always keen to support us and to spread the message of suicide prevention far and wide. She set herself the challenge of fundraising for us through an amazing 40 events in a year!
To give some more context to the Ask Now Save Lives campaign we took some time to speak to the artist behind the design. Ladies and gentlemen we give you Anthony Burrill
We spoke to Wendy Robinson, Service Manager at Rethink’s local Survivors of Suicide service, to ask her about SOS and our ‘Ask Now Save Lives’ campaign.
Paris Hoxton got in touch with Grassroots during the recent 2.6 challenge. She kindly supported the event by performing 26 tap jumps… Not only is she a keen tap dancer but she also writes the rather marvellous blog www.onewayoranother.co.uk which deals with Mental Health and the arts.
These are uncertain and anxious times for everyone. But, especially for vulnerable people in our community and the services working hard to provide support – hats off to everyone.
We wanted you to be the first to see our new street art design coming to a street in Brighton soon!
These are very challenging times indeed – and from the hoarding of scarce necessities to amazing acts of kindness and compassion, it feels like we have seen both the best and worst of people over the last few weeks.