Climbing out of the pit of despair

How do you take ten years of struggling with the seemingly relentless despair of PTSD and Depressive Disorder and turn your experience into something positive?

For Australian veteran and successful businessman Trace Dann (in the guise of his alter ego, Captain Krankypants), the answer lies in sharing his story with others suffering the same conditions.

In what he describes as one of the most personal and self-confronting websites he’s ever built, Trace tells the tale of his journey from a life of inner turmoil, stress, unhappiness, anger and distrust to a new life of self-awareness, acceptance, trust and, hopefully, happiness.

He’ll be in the studio with June this weekend to explain how he’s taking that tale on the road in a series of presentations, including one at Newark‘s Carriages Café next week, in a bid to help fellow sufferers and their families.

“My aim is to help reduce the number of depression-related suicides,” he says. “Above all, I want to reassure others that they’re not alone in this and that, with the right professional support, they can find the way to climb out of the pit of despair and back onto solid ground.”

Tune in or listen online between 10am and 11am on Sunday to hear Trace talking about his own journey and his plans to return to the UK next spring, when he’ll be offering more audiences his unique take on this serious and extremely topical subject.

Captain Krankypants comes to Carriages

On Tuesday 18 December Australian returning veteran and successful businessman Trace Dann, known to audiences worldwide as the legendary Captain Krankypants, will be entertaining guests at Newark’s Carriages Café with his highly energetic presentation on how to enjoy life despite suffering from Depressive Disorder and PTSD.

With so many people today suffering from these conditions, Captain Krankypants will be sharing the story of his own journey, from a life of inner turmoil, stress, unhappiness, displeasure, annoyance, anger and distrust to a new life of self-awareness, acceptance, trust and hopefully happiness.

“After more than 30 years in the work force and 19 years in the military, including multiple tours to battle zones, Trace has a wealth of experiences that combine to provide a unique outlook on life,” said Wendy Baird, owner of Carriages.

“We’re delighted to welcome him to Newark for what promises to be a very special evening. His personal take on what is obviously a very serious topic is guaranteed to provoke laughter and tears in equal measure and give hope to those who have suffered or are suffering from depression themselves.”

Tickets for the show, which starts at 7.30pm, are available now from Carriages Café and are priced £10 each, including a welcome drink on arrival. For more details and reservations, visit Carriages at Platform 1, Newark Castle Station or call 01636 676129.

Passion on a plate

From bikes to bakes on this week’s show, when the Girls Around Town meet Jade Ostler…

Still in her early 20s, Jade has already achieved almost as much as many people do in their entire working lives. And she’ll be in the studio on Sunday morning to tell June and Tina all about it.

After a hectic 10 years, three of them spent living and working in Australia, she’s now back in Lincoln where she’s recently launched Jade’s Bakes.  From cakes to cordials, pies to preserves, traybakes to truffles – if you’ve a sweet tooth, merely reading the descriptions on her website of all the goodies on offer will make your mouth water!

Tune in or listen online between 10am and 12 noon tomorrow to find out more. She’ll be talking about her time spent working in bakeries and restaurants both at home and abroad, including a three-week spell at Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant in Padstow, and explaining how the experience she gained gave her the knowledge and confidence to launch her own business.

So just where do the bikes come in?

Well, not so long ago Jade was all set for a sporting career. At 10 years old, she played tennis for her home county, then later switched to cycling and qualified for the British team for the 2012 Olympics.

But her long-time passion for food won out. She turned her attention to baking and, four years later, she’s now sharing that passion, to the delight of cake-lovers in and around Lincoln and beyond!