Woking Mind honours the life of local businessman Roger Nicklin

Woking Mind have renamed their weekly walks in honour of the life of Roger Nicklin, who sadly passed away last year after a long personal battle with depression.

Roger was well known for his service to the local community in Guildford as an optometrist and his charity work in the role of chairman at the Guildford Round Table and Rotary.

The naming of the walk took place on Tuesday 23rd July at Newlands Corner, in front of Roger’s immediate family and service members from Woking Mind.

Talking about his father’s illness, Roger’s son, Edd Nicklin said “Depression is unique and different for each person and over the years he dealt with it in the only way he knew, through his love for life and for always giving something back.

Amongst all the things he enjoyed, he had a special affection for sport, and he loved walking. He was a regular walker in and around Guildford and along the North Downs.”

Tony Bennett, Chief Executive, Woking Mind said: “Roger epitomises the spirit of what we try to instil in our service members at Woking Mind. Despite his personal battle with mental health, Roger didn’t let it hold him back from what he wanted to achieve in life.

It is an honour that we are here today to name our weekly walking group ‘The Roger Nicklin Walk’ in his memory. In doing so, we continue to raise awareness of depression and the strong link between physical exercise and mental wellbeing.”

The Nicklin family donated £8,213.93 to Woking Mind, in loving memory of Roger Nicklin, generated by donations from his friends, family and colleagues.

Woking Mind delivers an extensive range of groups, courses and drop-in provision to help prevent mental health problems from escalating where possible and supporting recovery for their members. They also deliver mental health training across Surrey to raise awareness and help break down stigma and prejudice around ill mental health through education.