Rachel Kelly

Rachel Kelly is a former Times journalist who is now a mental health campaigner, public speaker, and writer. 

In her early thirties, Rachel was diagnosed with serious depression and subsequently suffered two major depressive episodes. These two episodes have become the defining events of her life. Since then, she has written about the condition, and how she has recovered, in books that have been read by tens of thousands of people. Her memoir about her experience of serious depression Black Rainbow was a Sunday Times bestseller in 2014. She has also written about how a holistic approach has helped her recover: her second book on mental illness Walking on Sunshine: 52 Small Steps to Happiness is an international bestseller and is being published this year in the USA, Canada, Poland, Germany, Turkey and Croatia.

Rachel now speaks publicly about her experience of depression and recovery in an effort to reduce stigma and educate people about the reality of mental illness. She also runs workshops for mental health charities to share what she has learnt about how to stay calm and well. She an official ambassador for Sane and Rethink Mental Illness as well as being a Vice President of United Response. Her latest book The Happy Kitchen: Good Mood food was published in January this year and will be published in the US, Australia and Canada later this year.


Fran Williamson

Fran is a Paralympian swimmer and five-time World Champion.

In her ten years of representing Team GB, Fran racked up an impressive array of medals, including 13-world championship and 6 Paralympic medals. She has competed at no less than two European Championships, three World Championships and two Paralympic Games (Athens, 2004 and Beijing, 2008). Fran has also achieved a First Class Degree in Social Policy and a Master’s Degree in Disability Studies, as well as receiving an Honorary Fellowship from the University of Sunderland.

Fran is a committed supporter of United Response’s work and regularly helps us campaign and fundraise. She also inspired many of the people we support to swim at our In The Swim event by hosting the event itself and awarding medals to all involved.


Steve Rider

Steve is a sports presenter, and former anchorman of ITV's football coverage.

Steve began his presenting career with ITV Sport providing reports for the World of Sport programme, and reporting from the 1980 Summer Olympics. He also worked on golf coverage for Channel 4 before moving to BBC Sport to present several high profile sports programmes including Grandstand and BBC Sports Personality of the Year. Steve later returned to ITV and became their main football anchor until 2010 before moving to Sky.

Steve has twice won the Royal Television Society's 'Sports Presenter of the Year' award, as well as a BAFTA TV award for ITVs coverage of the 2008 F1 Brazilian Grand Prix. Steve came to visit some of our services after meeting former United Response CEO, Su Sayer CBE, at the 2000 Charity Awards. He has supported United Response for over 13 years and has been hosting our annual charity golf days since 2012.