Thousands of pounds were raised for a Burnham-On-Sea charity set up in memory of Burnham-On-Sea teenager Charley Marks when it held a fundraising ball on Friday night (March 31st).

Over 180 people attended the ball on Weston-super-Mare Pier along with many of the charity’s supporters and friends – including Charley’s mum Jo Clement.

The charity’s three principle people – Jo Clement, Dawn Carey and Joanne Burridge – (pictured above) gave speeches thanking everyone for attending and outlining the important work of the charity in helping young people with mental health issues.

Roger Tolley from Burnham-On-Sea Lions presented Dawn Carey, the charity’s Operations Manager, with a cheque for £300 during the evening, as pictured above.

The event was particularly emotional this year because the following day, Saturday, would have been Charley’s 21st birthday, a painful reminder of why the charity was formed.

In Charley’s Memory was set up after Charley took his own life, aged 18, in September 2014. The charity now supports and helps hundreds of young people and those affected by mental health, as we featured here last week.

The charity is next organising an annual ‘Walking into Darkness’ fundraiser on June 24 which encourages people to show their support to families and individuals suffering from mental health problems. For more information about the charity, visit

Pictured: The ball in Weston on Friday evening (photos Doug Plume)