‘Bittersweet’ event for In Charley’s Memory charity

PUBLISHED: 09:00 15 April 2017

Charley Marks. Photo by Jo Clement.

Charley Marks. Photo by Jo Clement.


The mum of a Somerset teenager who took his own life after a battle with his mental health says it was a ‘bittersweet’ feeling when a charity created in his memory held a fundraiser just a day before his 21st birthday.

Charley was 18 years old when he took his own life back in 2014 and since then his mother Jo Clement has set up the charity In Charley’s Memory.

The organisation aims to support young people who are battling mental health issues and has been successful in raising awareness across Somerset.

A ball was held last week at Weston’s Grand Pier where £2,617 was raised for the charity, which has Jo described as an ‘amazing’ total.

She told the Mercury she cannot believe how far the charity has come in such a short space of time and the ball will now be an annual event.

She said: “The ball was a great success, and a great way to thank everyone who has supported In Charley’s Memory.

“We will definitely be making this an annual event. Obviously it is bittersweet as we would have been celebrating Charley’s 21st birthday on the Saturday.

“I still can’t believe how quickly the charity has grown in the past two years, we are counselling young people daily, and running courses like our mental health first aid course.

“In the past six months we have had a few events, such as a men and boys challenge day, as well as walks across the Mendip Hills, all designed to encourage people to talk about mental health.

“We have even more planned for this year.”

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