Lucy, Victoria & Ella's DIY Walky Talky

In 2019, Lucy was unable to attend our flagship Walky Talky events in London and Derby. But she wasn't going to let that mean she had to miss out on the action. Here, Lucy writes about how she teamed up with her good friends Victoria and Ella to organise their very own DIY event in their local area. 

Living on a psychiatric ward can be demotivating and boring. I was lying on my bed scrolling through Facebook when an advert for Walky Talky came up. It was advertised in London and Derby and I thought I’ll never be able to get there. A couple of days later the same advert popped up and I thought why don’t I set up my own walk?

I signed up and thought nothing more of it until the fundraising pack arrived in the post with my t-shirt and posters. I felt excited and inspired, I could raise money to help people in a similar situation to myself suffering with mental ill health and also help my own physical and mental health.

I asked the other girls on the ward if they would join me in the walk. We all set up our just giving pages and asked our family and friends to sponsor us. A donation pot was also placed in reception for staff and visitors to add their donation. Staff helped us photocopy posters and we filled them in with bright colours to attract people’s attention.

  • Living on a psychiatric ward can be demotivating and boring. I was lying on my bed scrolling through Facebook when an advert for Walky Talky came up. It was advertised in London and Derby and I thought I’ll never be able to get there. A couple of days later the same advert popped up and I thought why don’t I set up my own walk?

    Lucy Lucy

On the day (30th August) the three of us and 2 staff put on our t-shirts. There was a positive ‘buzzing’ atmosphere on the ward. To start the walk we had an opening ceremony of releasing butterflies we had grown from chrysalis. We played music whilst walking around the grounds of the hospital. The music along with some singing and dancing kept us motivated whilst walking. Staff stopped to cheer us along and some even joined us for part of the walk- we were the talk of the hospital!

The day after we cheekily asked our consultant to make a donation, his response was amazing and his kind contribution boosted our total enormously.

In total we raised £820 and we want to thank everyone who sponsored and supported us.


Set up your own DIY Walky Talky event

Inspired by Lucy, Victoria and Ella's story? You can support Rethink Mental Illness by holding your own Walky Talky too.

It doesn't matter if it is just you walking, or you get a whole group of people together.

Take the first step on your Walky Talky journey by setting up your fundraising page today.

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