AT least one in five of us will be affected by depression at some point In our lifetime.

Virtually all of us know someone whose life has been blighted by depression. Through my work and in my private life, I often see the pain and despair that depression causes not just for the individual, but also for their family and friends.

Depression Alliance provides information, support and understanding to people affected by depression. Working from offices in London, Cardiff and Edinburgh they support many thousands of people each year.

As you can imagine, providing so much support isn't cheap. That's why I've teamed up with them on their new fund-raising campaign entitled We've 28 Days To Defeat Depression.

Throughout the 28 days of February we're asking people to organise a fundraising event, themed around the number 28 to help raise money for the charity.

Why not burn off some Christmas calories and do a sponsored run or swim? You could do a mile a day for the whole month, 28 in all?

Why not host a coffee morning and invite 28 friends? To help you come up with ideas for your event we've put together a special pack, full of ideas, posters and leaflets.

Whatever you chose to do, your time will be gratefully appreciated and will go some way to help defeat depression.

For one of our free packs please call us on 020 7633 0557 or e-mail



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