Incredible Mayor’s Ball raises record £14,000 on one night for fast expanding mental health charity

By Jill Dando News

An incredible Mayor’s Ball has raised a record £14,000 on one night for a fast expanding mental health charity.

Mark Canniford hosted hundreds for his out-going mayor’s charity ball with all proceeds going to support the mental health charity ‘In Charley’s Memory’.

Because of lockdown, Mark ended up being mayor for Weston-super-Mare in Somerset for two years and made ICM his chosen charity.

Dawn of In Charley’s Memory with one of their counsellors and Jeffrey the charity mascot

He brought together business people and others for the Mayor Ball at the town’s Winter Gardens.

During the ball, one of the attenders, the Ascot Group auctioned off a new website with a substantial four figure amount donated by Michaelangelo’s restaurant.

ICM Head of Operations Dawn Carey said: “It was a brilliant evening. Thank you to Mark and all who came and gave so much to help our vital work. We are so grateful.”


Mark said: “It was a fantastic evening and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.

“The results can be seen by the huge amount of money raised in that one evening. Thank you to all who kindly donated and participated.”

Mark Canniford left with Neville Coles, CEO of The Priory Learning Trust

In Charley’s Memory was given its official charity status in March 2015 and since then it has expanded to aid countless numbers of people as numbers needing their services rocketed. 

They were also made charity of the year by The Priory Learning Trust who were given the Borough Award for their heroic fundraising during lockdown.

ICM has worked with The King Alfred School Academy in Highbridge for many years since the tragic death of former student Charley after battling mental health issues.

It has since expanded into Weston-super-Mare, Bridgwater and elsewhere.

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