Lord Mayor takes on Liverpool Cathedral abseil for ADHD Foundation
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To mark the tenth year of ADHD Foundation the team – along with Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Malcolm Kennedy – were pushed to the limit after abseiling down Liverpool Cathedral.
Aiming to reach a target of £10,000, 20 brave individuals took part in the 150ft drop, including from the foundation Lisa Rudge, Billie Dickens, Joe Vanlint and Claire Hollins, Jayne Moore Media who manages the PR fro the organisation and the Lord Mayor – who was also fundraising for his other chosen charities – The Owen McVeigh Foundation, The Choir with No Name and All Together NOW.
Pushing himself to the edge, Cllr Kennedy, said:
“ADHD Foundation is one of my chosen charities and they do great work locally and nationally in raising awareness and combating the stigma attached to ADHD and other neurodevelopmental conditions.
“This was by far my biggest challenge, and stepping over the edge was no easy featâ¦ in spite of the incredible views of the city from the top! It was an honour to be able to this for my chosen charities, and I must give a huge thanks to all those who lent their support by sponsoring and those involved in organising this fantastic event.”
Dr. Tony Lloyd, chief executive of ADHD Foundation, commented:
“We are celebrating our tenth anniversary this year as a charity, and we wouldn’t be in this position without the hard work of our team and the unwavering support from the public and people like cllr Kennedy. To see them taking on the abseil challenge for the foundation makes me very proud and I can’t thank them all enough. It was such an inspiring day and it was amazing to see people coming together to help us make a difference.”
ADHD Foundation was set up in as a charity in 2007 by Liverpool City Council to support children, young people and their families living with ADHD. The charity, which is headquartered in Liverpool, is now the largest patient-led organisation of its kind in the UK – supporting more than 3,000 families every year and delivering training to over 3,000 professionals across the UK, including teachers, nurses and doctors.
The work that the foundation does can make the difference, allowing young people to self-manage the effect of their ADHD and develop resilience and coping strategies allowing them to live a full and active life.
Funded by NHS CAMHS, Big Lottery, BBC Children in Need, Comic Relief, The Morgan Foundation, and Lloyds Bank, the foundation comprises a multi-disciplinary team of 15 staff, working in close partnership with clinicians from Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool to provide a range of therapeutic interventions – a unique service in the UK.
ADHD Foundation has also established the largest annual conference on ADHD in the UK, attended by clinicians and teachers from across Europe.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
ADHD symptoms include hyperactivity, inattention and impulsivity, resulting in frustration, anxiety, intolerance, aggressive behaviour and inability to regulate the emotions. Low psychological resilience is a core symptom of ADHD and predisposes children to other mental health problems such as anxiety and depression.
It is the most prevalent neurodevelopmental condition in childhood, affecting between five and eight per cent of the UK population – which is approximately 500,000 school children. However, population data suggests that the number of children actually diagnosed is somewhere between one and three per cent; which suggests that there are many children without appropriate support to reduce the long term risks for health, wellbeing, educational attainment, employability and a range of life chances affected by ADHD.
Patrons of ADHD Foundation: Rory Bremner, Para-Olympian Jonathan Drain, Simon Weston CBE, Diane-Louise Jordan.