Canberran prepares to swim to the English Channel for a very personal fundraising goal

Canberran Ashleigh Webb prepares for a marathon swim in the English Channel in October.

Ashleigh is dedicating her daunting plunge to raising awareness and funding the inaugural Kallan Lodge Library in the Nexus Unit of John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle.

The charity library project was launched in March to provide literature and music to young patients in Australian mental health institutions.

As Founding Director and CEO, Ashleigh aims to ensure there is a Kallan Lodge Library in all mental health facilities across Australia.

The library is named after Kallan Lodge, a close friend of Ashleigh’s, who died by suicide 11 years ago in Canberra when the friends were both 21.

ABC Canberra’s Adrienne Francis spoke to Ashleigh about her very personal and ambitious project and how creative art can be therapeutic for people with mental illness.

And a warning that this interview contains a discussion of clinical depression, self-harm and suicide.

* Kallan Lodge Library: Home | KLL (

* Ashleigh’s Channel Swim:

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