Canberran prepares to swim the English Channel for a deeply personal fundraising goal

Canberran Ashleigh Webb is preparing to embark on a Channel Marathon swim in October.

Ashleigh dedicates her daunting swim to raising awareness and funding for the first Kallan Lodge Library at the Nexus Unit of John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle.

The charity library project was launched in March to provide literature and music to young patients in Australian mental health facilities.

As founding director and CEO, Ashleigh wants to ensure that there is a Kallan Lodge library in every mental health setting in Australia.

The library is named after Ashleigh’s close friend Kallan Lodge, who killed himself in Canberra eleven years ago when the friends were both 21.

ABC Canberra’s Adrienne Francis spoke to Ashleigh about her deeply personal and ambitious project and how the creative arts can be therapeutic for people living with mental illness.

And a warning that this interview contains discussions of clinical depression, self-harm and suicide.

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  • Adrienne Francis, animator


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