charity In Charley's memory to hold fundraising walk
charity set up in memory of Burnham-On-Sea teenager Charley Marks
is holding a unique fundraising event today (Saturday).
Charley's Memory was set up after Charley took his own life, aged
18, in September 2014.
charity now supports and helps hundreds of young people and those
affected by mental health.
group is holding its 'Walking out of Darkness' event today in which
we over 400 people will walk 10km.
Charley's 3-year 'angelversary' being last Sunday on World Suicide
Day, we have a lot of people walking this year in memory of Charley,"
said Joanne Clement, his mother.
Office of National Statistics reported Southwest England had the
highest completed suicides across the country in 2016; only Wales
and Scotland had more.
can all make a difference because, not all completed suicides are
due to Mental Health difficulites," she added. "Suicides
are known to have occurred due to family problems, relationship
issues, financial, studying and work pressures, as well as bullying
and many more social situations."
Out Of Darkness' is an opportunity for everyone to walk together
in support and unity for individuals and families suffering from
Mental Health Difficulties and those, who have lost loved ones by
event is not only a 10k walk, but includes different attractions
on the Grand Pier and the seafront plus, a mental health to showcase
local and national mental health and suicide prevention charities
and services, located at Beach Lawns." More details are online
Charleys Memory is inviting all registered participants to
receive a free ½-day Mental Health Awareness course, which
covers several topics including: recognising signs of Mental Health
distress, ask and create space for someone to communicate openly,
information on charities and services able to offer advice, support
family, friends and other people to access assistance, empower yourself
to break down the stigma.
Carey, the Operations Manager from In Charleys Memory said:
"Mental health does not discriminate. Whether it is a young
person like Charley who was beaten by the invisible illness at 18
or a work colleague who, to the outside world seems to have it all,
anyone can be affected."
us, Walking out of Darkness is about people from all walks of life
young and old coming together to help raise awareness and reduce
the stigma. Walking side by side talking and sharing stories, and
knowing that youre not alone and its okay to talk. That
is why In Charleys Memory is part of Walking out of Darkness."
today and together with thousands of people around the country,
we can empower and inspire the end of mental illness stigma, raising
mental health awareness and suicide prevention at Walking
Out Of Darkness.
special thank you goes to Sean at The Vic in Burnham who has raised
over £1000 for us so far from the two live events that he's
he has 'Charley's Choice' a beer! Use a blanket donation, a sponsored
slim plus regular kareoke and he's also planning a street party
to raise monies for ICM next year."
Dawn Carey, the charity's Operations Manager, and Vicky Cooper,
its lead counsellor, right, at the group's base in the town's
Manor House in the Manor Gardens