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Family tragedy at the heart of donation to local Mind
Family tragedy lies at the heart of a hugely significant donation to South Lakeland Mind. Jane, the daughter of Susie Ibbotson (née Crewdson) and Peter Ibbotson, took her own life following serious depression and bipolar disorder in 2006. She was just 25.

The money – more than £4,500 with Gift Aid – was raised at the recent Bardy Crewdson Retrospective at Heaves Hotel, near Kendal.

A selection of Bardy Crewdson's fashion drawings on display in the hall at Heaves Hotel

Bardy Crewdson, Susie’s mother, was a prolific artist and always exhibited in the Kendal Art Society and Lake Artists’ Society. Flamboyant and expressive with colour, her pictures include portraits, buildings and landscapes – including Westmorland. Susie notes that her mother had an ‘uncanny knack of capturing the essence of a person’.

Why did Susie want to support South Lakeland Mind? She highlighted the extra support for people - which is so important - and the way in which the charity makes a difference here in South Lakeland (where her family has been ‘for ever’). She also notes that, for a small charity, donations really do count.

Daughter of Bardy, Susie Ibbotson, is joined at the event by trustee of South Lakeland Mind, Colin Reynolds. The auctioneer, Henry Bowring, addresses the crowd below

Dr Jonathan Ingram, Chief Officer of the charity, said:

‘We are so grateful for this contribution. With so many people affected by emotional and mental health difficulties, and NHS services so stretched already, South Lakeland Mind is needed today more than ever. We help with counselling, befriending, drop-ins and straight-talking information.

‘Donations of any size, large or small, are critically important for us. Putting it bluntly, these allow the charity – which has no central funding from Mind – to keep functioning day to day. We are actively looking for people who are able to support us or who would like to get involved in fundraising.

‘Call us on 01539 740591 about anything you need to know. And call if you think you might be able to help by volunteering too.’