Lanlivery Rally

Our Invictus Trustee Sharon was delighted to go to a celebration evening of the amazing fundraising done by the Lanlivery Rally! The team presented Invictus with a cheque for over £4750!!! All of this money will go directly to our projects supporting adolescent mental health in Cornwall.

Thank you so much to all who helped organise the Lanlivery Rally, who raised such an amazing amount, and for choosing to support our charity – we are truly grateful!

Matt Nott

Many congratulations and much respect to Matt Nott from Helston who ran the Vitality Half Marathon for Invictus raising an amazing £1200. He ran for Emily and did it in a great time of 2 hours 33 seconds !

Thank you so much for helping us.

Snow Ball 2018

The 2018 Invictus Snow Ball was a huge success and thank you to everyone who made it such a magical event.

We crowned a Snow Queen, raised nearly £5000 and showed an update video of Invictus activity throughout 2018….more photos and the video are available on Facebook or just click here

Here is the room before the festivities began!

Port Isaac Gig Rowers

A huge thank you to Port Isaac Rowing Club for picking Invictus Trust as their charity this year, and raising £600 for us!! 

Their annual  “Gig Push” between Port Isaac and the Cornish Arms pub, Pendoggett, was completed in just over 50 minutes !

Wadebridge Young Farmers

Thank you so much to Tilly and all at the Wadebridge Young Farmers for raising an amazing £2000 for Invictus to be spent at the new Sowenna unit in Bodmin. This has taken a lot of hard work including manure deliveries….the things people do for Invictus!


Tina’a Medoc Marathon!

Tina Parker, from the Just be cafe in Saltash ran the Medoc Marathon on September 8th raising an amazing £2550.

However, this is no ordinary marathon as its run in fancy dress and through the vineyards of Medoc where runners consume everything from fine wines to oysters, cheese to steak and grapes….as you might imagine its not so much a race as a party!

Thank you so much to Tina for putting her body through the pain of 26 miles in the sun and for raising such a great sum!

Peaky Climbers

Here are our Peaky Climbers at the peak of Snowdon, having completed their 3 Peaks Challenge!!

Despite some awful weather conditions, and some difficult obstacles, they made it… And raised over £3000 for Invictus!

A huge huge thank you and well done to the whole team, from the Invictus trustees!

Noteability Choir

Thank you so much to David Howatt and the Noteability Choir for raising £600 for Invictus.

The choir and Trio gave an excellent concert in the Holy Trinity Church in St. Austell when they also made the presentation.

Hayle Rotary

Pictured is Sharon accepting a cheque for  £500  from Elizabeth Gregg, pictured with Lee Godwin.

This was raised by Hayle Rotary from their Hayle Town Celebration Day on the 22nd July.

In addition to this there was a collection of £140.11 making a grand total of £640.11

Thank you so much.

Invictus donate £50,000 !

Today we are delighted to donate £50,000 to the new mental health unit in Bodmin.

This money, raised by amazing Invictus supporters will be ring-fenced and spent on equipping the cafe to ensure it is the sort of place Ben would have had an espresso, and, buying a minibus. Steve presented the £50,000 “anchor” to Barbara Vann, Chair of the Cornwall Foundation Trust, today at the annual members meeting.

The full press release is as follows:

A donation for £50,000 was presented today, Thursday 27 September, by the Invictus Trust towards the Sowenna Appeal; a campaign by Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CFT) Charitable Fund.

The appeal is seeking funding for £1.2 million to transform Sowenna, a new child and adolescent mental health (CAHMS) unit, into the best mental health facility for young people in the southwest.

From May 2019, for the first time young people will be able to have access to the full range of mental health services – from community to psychiatric hospital care – in Cornwall. The new 14 bed CAMHS unit will be run by CFT and will accommodate boys and girls up to the age of 18. It is hoped that being able to treat young people closer to home, near family and friends where they can maintain their relationships and friendships will make a huge difference to their recovery.

Ahead of the NHS Five Year Forward View, the Sowenna unit delivers on NHS England’s commitment to reduce out of area placements for children and young people by increasing bed numbers nationally by 10%.

The donation was presented to CFT Chair, Barbara Vann by Steve Cowburn from the Invictus Trust, a charity which aims to support and offer services to local teenagers who are suffering from poor mental health and associated issues at CFT’s Annual Members’ Meeting in Bodmin.

Mr Cowburn said “The initial donation by the Invictus Trust will be used to furnish the Invictus Café within the unit and to allow visits with family and friends to happen in a friendly space – the sort of space our son Ben would have enjoyed an espresso. We will also fund a minibus to take young people out of Sowenna to access the local community.

We have had consultations with young people who had been patients in a number of units around the country. They said very clearly that a café where parents and friends could have good coffee was very important. Also trips out of the unit in a minibus would be a great stepping stone back to integrating more fully with their local community.”

“The contribution will also help to pay towards parental accommodation to allow families to stay over and support their loved ones following admission. We are delighted with all these ways in which the hard-earned money from Invictus supporters can help make the unit the best it can be and a flagship for Cornwall, however, we remain committed to improving and extending the provision in Cornwall to cover all adolescents up to the age of 25 added Mr Cowburn.”

Dr Barbara Vann, Chair at Cornwall Foundation Trust said, “For the children and young people of Cornwall this development is a milestone. CFT has long hoped that this unit could be built and we are delighted to be working with Invictus to achieve the very best provision for our children and young people. Thanks go to all of the people of Cornwall who have contributed to the Invictus fund raising and to our Health partners who are helping us to realise our vision.”

It is reported that one in 10 children aged five to 16 have a diagnosable mental health condition.* Most young people who are experiencing mental health difficulties are treated and supported within the community, however sometimes for those with severe mental health problems, often with accompanying high risk, require specialist inpatient care. Historically, these have only been available in units which are a considerable distance from homes, visits and support from family and friends, which play a key element in people’s recovery, especially in the case of children.

The Sowenna unit will be divided into five elements: the entrance area; small living clusters with bedrooms; shared living areas; education block and offices. Service users will benefit from a dedicated education, therapy and recreation space, sports facilities and a number of courtyards within the unit to allow for light access to outside space and fresh air. In order to maintain vital community and familial links, the unit will include a public facing café and parental accommodation, and be built on land adjacent to Bodmin Hospital where it will benefit from close links to the CFT’s other specialist mental and physical health services.

Throughout the planning and build process, CFT have sought valuable insight from Young People Cornwall, whereby many of whom have had stays in inpatient mental health facilities. The group have been actively involved in the project for a new unit, even officially naming it ‘Sowenna’, Cornish for welfare and success. Milda, 18, from Young People Cornwall added “Sowenna means security. It prevents a young person from possible months of isolation, to being in a community they know”.