Wirral musician’s charity gig raises funds for young people’s mental health services

by CWP News - 19 December 2016

A talented young musician from Wirral has donated over £2000 to local Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) following a charity gig at The Grosvenor Ballroom, Liscard.

Cal Ruddy, a 21 year-old singer songwriter and former user of CWP CAMHS, arranged the event - which saw over 200 people attend –  in support of the service close to his heart.

Cal, who has Asperger’s Syndrome and struggles with depression and anxiety, presented CWP with a cheque for £2310 at a celebration ceremony at his old school West Kirby Residential School – which provides for a complex range of needs that can significantly impact on the learning of young people.

Cal said: “Music is a healer - it can cure anything and has made me realise that anything is possible. I’m not ashamed of where I’ve come from - I’m extremely proud and thankful.

“I would like to thank absolutely every person that has helped me and my family to raise the for Wirral CAMHS. The support they have given me has been second to none.

“Most importantly, I would like more people to recognise Asperger’s Syndrome/Autism as a hidden disability.”

Local acts Alice Nancy, Ladies and Maddie Stenberg performed at the fundraiser, with Cal headlining the evening’s entertainment. Local businesses from the area donated numerous raffle prizes, including vouchers from Mersey Travel, The FACT cinema and Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill. All money raised from ticket and raffle sales was given to local mental health service for young people.

Senior Practitioner for Wirral CAMHS Fliss Nicholls, who accepted Cal’s generous donation on CWP’s behalf, said: “I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who contributed to this very special moment, and in particular Cal and his family who have been amazing in their generosity and passion. We’ve known Cal for a long time and we’re so proud of how far he has come.

“We know that 50% of all chronic mental health difficulties are present before the age of 14, and 75% by 25. Supporting the mental health and wellbeing of young people is so important to ensuring that our communities have a healthy future. It’s a subject that touches many people lives, and the success of Cal’s event proves that people in the area want to be part of the conversation.”

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