At the end of April 2008 I set sail on one of the biggest challenges in my life, to sail round the UK in my yacht Christine-Marie in support of charity.  One of the charities I am supporting, Rethink,  asked me to write a story about my daughter Anne and what happened to her. It has been a difficult story for me to write, but if it helps bring awareness about severe mental illness and its effect on both the individual and their families, it will have been worthwhile.