Richard If you pop your head in to a Bradford Gym, or drive about for a couple of days, you are pretty likely to come across Richard, who uses fitness as a way of staying mentally and physically fit. When times are tough, he hits the gym.Following a period of severe mental illness, Richard eventually came to VITAL as a volunteer about 18 years ago, with a passion for supporting people in secure units particularly following his own experiences. His main hope is that he can act as a voice but also as example for others that there is a life, even after diagnosis of a ‘severe and enduring mental illness’. He is always willing to share his story and coping mechanisms… in fact, he loves a good chat about himself! Richard is pretty much game for anything, so if you have a fundraiser but need a willing volunteer to do something daft, tap him up!