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A Nor­folk oc­cu­pa­tional ther­a­pist is con­vert­ing a van into a mo­bile ther­apy room to bring much-needed men­tal health sup­port to the county’s com­mu­ni­ties.

Cather­ine Gray has worked in men­tal health in Nor­folk and Suf­folk for the last nine years and is aware of the dif­fi­culty in ac­cess­ing ser­vices at an early stage and the chal­lenges that poor pub­lic trans­port can add. So she bought a van and, through her Long Strat­ton-based not-for-profit so­cial en­ter­prise Cup-O-T Well­ness and Ther­apy Ser­vices, is fund-rais­ing to con­vert it into a mo­bile ther­apy room.

“A good cup of tea is a British tra­di­tion and a great medium to help peo­ple re­lax and open up. Oc­cu­pa­tional Ther­apy is all about mean­ing­ful ac­tiv­ity and this is mean­ing­ful for many peo­ple,” she says.

100% of Cup-O-T’s sur­plus profit is used to pro­vide free com­mu­nity groups and ther­apy ses­sions to those whose needs have not been met by statu­tory ser­vices and are un­able to af­ford pri­vate ther­apy.

Cather­ine’s hus­band, Joe, is a car­pen­ter and will be do­ing the con­ver­sion work for free. How­ever Cup-O-T are in need of sup­plies to com­plete the work such as a kitchen work sur­face, a small kitchen sink, floor lino, foam for seat­ing, as well as nuts, bolts, screws and elec­tri­cal sup­plies.

Around £800 of the £4,000 has been raised and you can help through­bile-ther­a­py­room or con­tact Cather­ine through

Cather­ine Gray and her van

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