gig raises over £2,000 for charity in Charley's memory
of local people attended a special fundraising concert for a new
charity that has been formed in memory of a Burnham-On-Sea teenager
who died in September.
year-old Charley Marks passed away in September and a new charity,
In Charley's Memory, has been created to support young people
with mental health issues.
300 people attended Friday's fundraising concert at the Ritz Social
Club in Victoria Street, as pictured here.
mother, Jo Clement, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We raised £2,089
which included the admittance charge, a raffle and selling wristbands."
am touched and overjoyed that the first event was so successful
and has raised such a huge amount for our new charity, In Charley's
need £5,000 to officially get charity status and we're now
well on the way to getting that thanks to the support of many
people in Burnham who knew Charley."
would also like to thank our MP, Tessa Munt, who attended Friday's
concert and has been so supportive in recent weeks. She got in
touch with us direct and has also Tweeted her support for the
added: "The new charity is being formed to support young
adults, aged 18-25, who suffer with mental health issues, and
are in the process of designing a web page and I'd like to visit
schools and colleges to talk about mental health and tell them
have long-term plans to open a drop-in clinic and open a place
where young adults can receive long or short-term accommodation
with 24-hour support and help."
is nothing like this in Somerset that is aimed at this age range
and that is where Charley was failed."
music group Daft Folk played at Friday's concert, plus friends.
Charley's sister, Daisy-Mae, has also recorded a song in his memory
which was performed at the event.