ANNUAL REGIONAL NETBALL tournament NETS £575 for mental health Heads Together charity
As part of our fundraising efforts for firm-nominated charity Heads Together, two of our lawyers, Emma Stevens in Dispute Resolution and Hannah Rowlatt in the Court of Protection Team ran our annual Charity Netball Tournament on 21 June.
The tournament was a great success, not only raising over £575 for Heads Together, but also welcoming many professional colleagues playing in teams from Vail Williams, Wilkins Kennedy, Savills, KPMG, College Chambers and 3PB.
Vail Williams took the trophy for first place. Coffin Mew came out in force with Team Coffin and Team Mew battling it out in a head to head to eventually come 4th and 6th respectively.
Heads Together, a mental health initiative spearheaded by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, combines a campaign to tackle stigma and change the conversation on mental health with fundraising for a series of innovative new mental health services.
In March 2017, Phillip Eaglesham, a client of Coffin Mew, joined Prince Harry, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and many others to launch Heads Together. It was the latest step in a truly inspiring journey that started with Phillip contracting a serious illness whilst serving as a Royal Marine in Afghanistan, which has left him wheelchair dependent and suffering severe disability.
“My illness has changed many things in my life,” says Phillip, “but perhaps the one thing I was not prepared for was the chronic depression that followed. The reliance on other people, on a wheelchair, and the stigma that is attached to disability led me to a very dark place and to the point of taking my own life. I believed that it would be better if I were no longer a burden on my wife and children.”
“Depression is like breaking glass – the shards spread and can hurt those closest to you.”
It was the chance discovery by Phillip’s wife of an internet search history on his iPad on drug overdoses that ultimately led to support from specialist counsellors, friends and family needed to fight that battle, and in turn change the lives of many others.
“The need to talk, to share experiences, and to not fall back into darkened corners are critical to beating depression,” explains Phillip, “and that is what Heads Together is working to achieve.”
“This campaign is so important. Whether a famous sports man or women, a child unable to cope with the pressures created by social media, serving personnel or just the person on the street, the stigma surrounding mental health needs to be beaten.”