MY STORY SO FAR…
My name is Sharon Bull and in September 2013, I set up in self-employment as an inspirational speaker, and lifestyle coach under the name ‘A Compassionate Voice’. Also an author and poet, my mission statement:
to creatively help & inspire others through my own experiences with mental health issues, recovery and well-being.
Personally, I am also a huge advocate of human and animal rights, and lover of wildlife and nature. I often use the written and spoken word to influence compassion, kindness and respect for all living beings and the environment. My verse draws attention to mental health illness/awareness, poverty, homelessness, animal exploitation and world issues (including climate change, war, and inequality)
For over fourteen years I worked as a successful sales executive, until 2010, when my world fell apart. Since leaving school I had battled with depression and anxiety. This ultimately triggered a shopping addiction, leaving me with £50,000 debt. Approaching my mid years and I lost almost everything, including my life, in a suicide attempt on 28th April 2011.
It was the 29th April 2011, I began a very tough, but determined transformational journey. Kicking out my addiction and managing my mental health issues, while introducing myself to a more positive lifestyle wasn’t easy. But, my newfound love of writing, along with meditation helped me through the difficult times.
My inspirational story has caught the attention of the media. I have had features in Woman’s Own, Psychologies, Daily Mirror, Stella Telegraph, and the Daily Express. I am regularly asked to do interviews on radio stations, more recently BBC2’s Jeremy Vine Show.
In July 2017, I published my first book Stripped Bare and made my debut TV appearance, interviewed by Eammon Holmes and Ruth Langsford on ITV’S This Morning. I have also spent a couple of days with a BBC production team as part of an Inside Out documentary. Aired on Monday 15th January 2018, it was raising awareness to debt and its link to mental health issues.
A Compassionate Voice Foundation
I registered ACV Foundation CIC( A Compassionate Voice Foundation) as a not-for-profit organisation in July 2019. The Community Interest Company’s mission statement:
To create a kinder and more compassionate society through encouragement of good mental health and a better understanding of each other.
The charitable organisation was created to support women, young people and children within the community.
My Fundraising History
My fundraising began in November 1999 when, I organised my first ever charity event for the NSPCC. Glenn Tilbrook, lead singer from the band Squeeze agreed to do a solo acoustic gig in between the band’s tour dates supporting Blondie. Together, we raised a significant amount of money for the children’s charity.
The Kevin Bull Memorial Golf Day 2006
Shortly after my father’s death in 2003 more fundraising events followed. The decision was two-fold. To help me overcome the pain of losing him and to follow in his footsteps by raising money for worthy causes. And so, with the help of volunteers on the 12th May 2005, we held the first of two extraordinarily successful celebrity golf days raising over £8,000 for the NSPCC. The second of the two held in 2006 in memory of my dad.
After the success of the golf days, once again with the help of volunteers, I organised another three events, raising a grand total of £20,000 for disadvantaged children.
ACV Foundation CIC’s The Power of YOU Workshops
ACV Foundation received funding in 2019 from Foundation Derbyshire for the Power of YOU well-being & empowerment workshop sessions. Initially held at Derby Women’s Centre, they concluding online during the Coronavirus lock-down. The sessions proved a huge success, so it was welcome news to receive further funding from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, distributed by the National Lottery Community Fund. Because of this, we were able to continue delivering the POY Workshops to ladies throughout England affected by COVID19.