genius Spike Milligan will make a rare public appearance in Coventry later this month to
support a local mental health organisation.
Milligan will visit the Central Methodist Hall in Warwick Lane on 28 January for an
open day held by Coventry-based Krysalis.
The organisation, which has over 70 members in the area, is holding a day of events and
exhibitions to encourage people who may need their help and advice.
Project co-ordinator Paula Dillon is delighted that Milligan will appear and believes
the news will raise the profile of Krysalis considerably.
"One of our members actually knows Spike and we were absolutely thrilled when we
found out that he wanted to come and support us.
"Krysalis caters for people with all sorts of mental health problems from
schizophrenia to self harmers and although we are Coventry-based we are helping people
"The idea of the open day is to offer a relaxed environment for people who may
need our help to see exactly what can be done for them.
"We are hoping that Mr Milligan may read a poem or something but we are not
expecting too much from him, it is just great that he is coming.
"We have circulated invitations around the Caludon Centre at Walsgrave Hospital
and to various other places so we are hopeful that there will be a good turnout."
Other activities on the day will include various music groups performing, poetry
readings and seminars from mental health specialists. The event starts at 2pm.
Admission to the event will be by ticket only to those who have experienced mental
Anybody who would like more information should contact Krysalis on 024 76 230860.
Krysalis has been operating since last April when it was founded by Marion Aslam and
since then it has helped hundreds of people with mental health problems.