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For Immediate Release: 21st July 2018

Rehabilitation Research
21 Jul 2018

Deptherapy Founder and Chairman, Dr Richard Cullen, shortlisted for prestigious charity award

Dr Richard Cullen, Chairman, Lifetime Vice President and one of the founders of Scuba Diving rehabilitation charity Deptherapy & Deptherapy Education, has been shortlisted as a finalist in the 2018 Heropreneurs Awards.

The Heropreneurs Awards is a new initiative from the Heropreneurs charity, which helps ex-Armed Forces personnel and their dependants to create their own businesses and become entrepreneurs. The Heropreneurs Awards are run in association with The Telegraph and the Warwick Business School, and with support from the Ministry of Defence.

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Photo: Dmitry Knyazev

Richard is one of three finalists in The Veterans’ Foundation Award category. The Veterans’ Foundation charity raises funds for military-related charities and other organisations that help veterans in need. This Heropreneurs Award category seeks to recognise an individual civilian, or a business, that has given outstanding help to veterans.

Richard was nominated for the Award by the Veterans’ Foundation, who earlier this year presented Deptherapy with a grant of £10,000. Success for Richard in the Heropreneurs Awards would result in a further £10,000 to be used towards Deptherapy’s continuing work.

The finalists and winners of the Heropreneurs Awards are judged by a panel led by General Sir John McColl KCB CBE DSO, and includes key figures from the business world and the Military.

Programme Member Jason Cowan shared his thoughts about the impact Richard, and the Deptherapy family, has had on his life:

To understand Richard Cullen, you need to imagine the very worst possible day you could have, and being as low as you can possibly can be, then for someone to wrap their arms around you and tell you that everything is going to be OK.

Deptherapy is not just about the diving; it’s about being given love and support. Deptherapy is so much more than just a charity and we all look at Richard as a father figure. It’s his 6am “Good morning texts” and the chats with him at 11pm that veterans need, not your average 9-5 support network. Being a part of the Deptherapy family means you never feel alone.

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Photo: Stuart Green

Since founding Deptherapy in 2014, Richard, a former Director of Training and Development for the Metropolitan Police Service, has become a “Father Figure” to the charity’s Programme Members, offering 24/7 support to many vulnerable adults and their families.

President of Deptherapy, Air Vice Marshall Dr Jon Lamonte, had this to say about Richard:
“You meet very few people in life who so many talk about as having changed their lives. For people who have made so many sacrifices for their country to talk of Richard as instructor, counsellor, mentor and friend, at times and in dark places that not even their families can reach, speaks volumes for the man.”

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Photo: Dmitry Knyazev

Ever self-effacing, Richard himself said:

"Working with the Deptherapy Programme Members is a privilege, and it is absolutely humbling. We know our work has saved lives, and we have also changed so many lives for the better. The impact on Programme Member’s partners and families is massive. I am stunned to be nominated for this Award but it is not about me, it is about the Deptherapy Team. Isaac Newton reflects my views on this: "If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants." Those giants are the Deptherapy Team and Programme Members that we work with."


The 2018 Heropreneurs Award Winners will be announced at a black-tie dinner and awards ceremony on 14th November in London.

For more information about the work of Deptherapy and Deptherapy Education visit their new website at deptherapy.co.uk

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Notes for Editors

(1) Chairman and Founder of Deptherapy, Dr Richard Cullen, with Programme Members in Egypt;

(2) Dr Richard Cullen; and,

(3) Dr Richard Cullen with Programme Member and Deptherapy Ambassador Ben Lee in Egypt.


Photo credits: (1) & (3) Dmitry Knyazev for Deptherapy and (2) Stuart Green for Deptherapy

 

About Deptherapy:
Deptherapy and Deptherapy Education is an is an English Charity registered with the Charity Commission. It seeks to rehabilitate UK Armed Service personnel and veterans who have suffered life changing mental and/or physical challenges through specially designed Scuba Diving Programmes. It also provides 24/7 support to Programme Members. Deptherapy is widely respected for changing the lives of those who come on the Programme. Many  74Programme Members have suffered limb loss and or acute mental illness. 80% of Programme Members suffer from PTSD or other acute forms of mental illness. The charity also provides education in adaptive scuba diving techniques to Dive Professionals.

For further information and/ or images, please contact:

Jane Herbert
jane@aquamedia-online.com
07742 647800
Associate Director Media & Communications - Deptherapy

Richard Cullen
ops@deptherapy.co.uk
07786 361196
Founder, Chairman & Life Vice President - Deptherapy


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