charity backs new Weston fundraising walk
Burnham-On-Sea charity is giving its support to a new event in Weston-super-Mare
which aims to increase mental health awareness, prevent suicides
and work to end the stigma surrounding mental illness.
Charley's Memory was set up after Burnham teenager Charley Marks
took his own life, aged 18, in September 2014. The charity now supports
and helps hundreds of young people and those affected by mental
charity hopes local people will consider taking part in the new
10-mile fundraising walk, called Walking out of Darkness, in Weston
on Saturday 24th June.
walk will take in many sights around the town including Weston Woods,
Birnbeck Pier and the Grand Pier, and will start and finish on the
who registers to take part in the walk here
will be able to fundraise for a mental health or suicide prevention
charity, with part of their registration fee going directly towards
a charity of their choice.
out of Darkness events started three years ago in London and are
spreading across the country, with events in Birmingham and London
planned for later this month.
event also incorporates a festival to showcase local and national
mental health and suicide prevention charities and services, which
will be held at Beach Lawns.
Carey, the Operations Manager from In Charley's Memory, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"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 you're not alone and it's okay to talk. That is why
In Charley's Memory is part of Walking out of Darkness".
for the walk costs just £10 per person, with part of the registration
fee going directly towards the participant's nominated mental health
charity, plus the opportunity to fundraise further through sponsorship.
More details are at www.walkingoutofdarkness.com.
you are concerned about your mental health, or the mental well-being
of someone you know, contact the NHS 111 Helpline, the Samaritans
on 116 123 or speak to your GP.