Dedicated to Ben.. The Invictus Trust was set up in January 2011 and is dedicated to the memory of Ben Cowburn, a wonderfully vibrant young man whose struggle with mental health issues had tragic consequences.
The Invictus Trust is run by Ben’s family, in his honour. The charity is named after the poem ‘Invictus’ that inspired Ben, written by Ernest Henley, and both the anchor logo and the name were Ben’s tattoos.
The Invictus Trust is a small charity in Cornwall, run by the Cowburn family.
Our aim is raise awareness of adolescent mental health in Cornwall, to provide signposting to help for those struggling, and to lobby for better mental health services and facilities for young people in Cornwall.
All funds raised for the Invictus Trust are gratefully received, and we are honoured when anybody chooses to support our charity, and champion adolescent mental health in Cornwall.
We spend money raised on:
- Raising awareness and supplying information: through school talks, our online mental health portal, events, and our short films. We provide plastic Invictus cards to all young people in Cornwall with our web address on it, so they can access our portal, which signposts to reliable and safe advice.
- Campaigning – we campaign for increased awareness of mental health issues via our blog, Facebook and Twitter. We successfully lobbied for a U-18 mental health unit in Cornwall, through our ‘Bring Back our Children’ film, and years of campaigning. The unit has now opened and is called Sowenna, in Bodmin – read more here (link to our projects page). We are now campaigning to extend the unit to care for 13-25 year olds.
- The Anchor Fund – we supply travel grants to families in Cornwall who sadly have a child being cared for in a mental health hospital outside of Cornwall. Some of these families travel to Manchester, Kent, and Bristol regularly just to see their child. Whilst we now have the Sowenna unit open in Cornwall, we continue to fund these families and parents to help with their travel, until all Cornish children are brought home to be cared for in Cornwall.
- Equipping mental health facilities – we have so far fully equipped a state of the art café at the new Sowenna U-18 Mental Health unit in Bodmin. We have also provided them with a minibus to transport children and families back and forth on home visits. All of this is thanks to funds raised for the Invictus Trust. We will continue to equip and innovate where we can for the very best young people’s mental health care in Cornwall.
All funds raised are spent on raising awareness and campaigning. Nobody receives any remuneration for their efforts or work with or running the Invictus Trust.
Equipping mental health facilities – We are the biggest single donor to the new NHS Sowenna Under-18 mental health unit in Bodmin, which we campaigned for to be built. We have now proudly donated £100,000 to the unit, to help it be as innovative as possible for the young people receiving care there.
Within our donation, we have fully equipped a state of the art café at the new Sowenna U-18 Mental Health unit in Bodmin. This is because we believe a non-clinical space is so important, where young people, visitors, and staff can relax and connect. We worked with local design experts Absolute Truro, who gave their expertise for free – and created a bespoke, unique Invictus café.
We have also provided Sowenna with a minibus to transport children and families back and forth on home visits. All of this is thanks to funds raised for the Invictus Trust by our supporters!
We will continue to equip and innovate where we can for the very best young people’s mental health care in Cornwall.
We also previously gifted £1000 grants for new equipment to youth mental health units in Devon.
By William Ernest Henley
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.