Dawn Carey is Good News Post Editor (Happiness) and also CEO of In Charley’s Memory, a very-fast expanding mental health charity.
In Charley’s Memory was set up in memory of Charley who died aged 18.
Charley struggled with his mental health throughout his adolescence. In 2014 it all became too much and Charley took his own life.
The impact of Charley’s death was felt across the whole community on Highbridge and Burnham, Somerset, just a 20 minute drive from Jill Dando’s childhood home in Weston-super-Mare and Worle.
Charley’s mum Jo wanted to raise awareness of what he went through, in the hope it would encourage more young people to talk about their own struggles.
Less than 12 months after Charley’s death, with the help and support of Charley’s friends, family and the community, In Charley’s Memory received official charity status (registration number 1160805).
Since then, due to demand the charity has grown year on year,.
They work with Counsellors and Student Counsellors from across Somerset to provide a service, a service that is not limited to time but to what the young person needs and a service that is affordable for all.
In Charley’s Memory is here today because Charley is not.
That is something that will continue to drive everyone to provide the best possible support for all the young people that have the courage to ask for help.