My best friend Eliza

My Story

I am a Deacon in the Diocese of Exeter having formerly been Deacon at Gloucester Cathedral. Iam passionate about animal welfare and am a life long Spurs fan.

My life has been riddled with ill health due to depression, an eating disorder and for many years self harming. For the past six years i have been pretty well and no longer allow the word 'Depressive' to define me. Yes the darkness comes and very quickly sometimes but I now see the scars as things I have overcome and feel at last life is there to be lived. Dreams are there to fufill, and although i can't get the lost years back they are part of who I am today. I'm not proud of a lot of my past but I am thankful that I have a future.Having a second chance at life is an amazing blessing and I aim to grab that chance with both hands!

I live and work at a retreat centre in Devon but am very much a solitary, sharing my cabin with  my cat Eliza and my life with 2 cockerels and 2 runner ducks. I am fortunate to be part of a community that allow me time and space to write and reflect and to have a huge field to run around so I don't have to leave the retreat to train for the races I have a go at.

I do some fundraising for Animals Asia and have an adopted bear Little Pearl . I co-ordinate a small group in Mid Devon and we have 2 or 3 stalls a year.

You can follow me on Facebook or Twitter @hoppityhen.