On Wednesday 30th January, two former car designers will be setting out on an epic journey from Glasgow to Monaco (in cold, snowy January weather) in a classic open-top 1949 MG TC car… all to raise awareness of OCD and funds for OCD Action!
Reverend Adam Gompertz, a car designer-turned-pioneer-minister, and Craig Callum, director of the National Transport Design Centre, are determined to help people with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder through their passion for cars.
Adam himself has had his own struggles with this debilitating condition:
For me OCD has come in many guises. One particular example is that I used to drive through traffic lights – even though they were green – thinking that I needed to go back and check those lights just in case I had run anybody over. It would happen again and again and I would go back and check, and check again, and check again. One evening what should have been a 10 minute drive took me over two hours because I was convinced as I drove through each set of lights that if I didn’t go back and check I might have run somebody over.
Fortunately Adam has now been well for three years and is now enjoying life with the support of a good many people.
So next week, with the help of the Blue Diamond Riley Specialists team, Adam and Craig will be taking on the Rallye Monte Carlo Classique, driving a 1949 MG TC all the way from Glasgow to Monaco to help those who haven't been so lucky and who are still struggling in silence.
OCD gets bandied around too much. It’s not an insult. It's not a joke or a casual reference to being tidy, like when people say "I am a little bit OCD". It’s a real, life-altering condition. I feel, as men specifically, we don’t talk about our problems, including that of our own mental health. Being a Reverend, I try and help as many people as possible, but opening it up to people outside of my parish and including my second passion – cars – is something I’m really trying to do in 2019 and beyond.
Adam and Craig have been doing an utterly FANTASTIC job of fundraising so far – they’ve raised £1,940.71, which will do an incredible amount to help people with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder across the UK. OCD Action depends on the work of our wonderful fundraisers to run our vital services, and Adam and Craig have made a huge difference in this respect.
Their tireless work in raising awareness is equally important. Adam has kept people updated across social media with honest, compassionate and insightful videos on his own struggles with the disorder and information and advice for others in the same position.
His wife, Charlotte Gompertz, has also provided an inspiring video where she discusses her own experience as a loved one of someone with the disorder.
Craig and Adam aim to be in Monaco by 3rd February, and we can’t wait to see how their adventure goes!
Thank you both so much, and very best of luck!
Follow the progress Craig and the Reverend make from 30th January-3rd February on:
Adam Gompertz - @revseventandart
Craig Callum - @cforcraig
Blue Diamond Riley Services - @bluediamondservices
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