In Charley's Memory opens new premises
Burnham-On-Sea mental health charity set up in memory of a teenager
who took his own life four years ago this month has unveiled its
new counselling rooms and offices.
Charley's Memory was set up after 18 year-old Charley took his own
life in September 2014. The charity now supports and helps hundreds
of young people and those affected by mental health.
increase in demand for their services has resulted in a need for
larger premises - and the charity has therefore moved.
based in the Manor House in the Burnham's Manor Gardens, ICM has
moved a short distance up the road to Rose Farm in Jaycroft Road
where Burnham and Highbridge Mayor Bill Hancock visited, as pictured
Charley's Memory has taken on double the amount of clients, aged
between 11-25, in 2018 compared to last year. The charity sees 32
people a week and says that by October that's set to rise to 55.
charity relies on fundraising and grants to keep their doors open,
but finding £45,000 a year is not easy as the numbers continue
Jo Clement said: "We started with one office, and then two
offices and then we had to move to four offices. Because we're seeing
so many young people we decided that we needed to move somewhere
bigger which is how we ended up here. It's not just people around
Somerset that come to us for help - we've had people from all around
Manager Dawn Carey added: "So many people have generously supported
us over the years and it was a lovely opportunity to show them what
we have been doing at an open day to mark the move and to meet some
of the team."
thanks go to Miss Hewlitt from King Alfred School for our new painting
of 'Dave' who will grace one of our counselling rooms."
The opening event in Burnham-On-Sea (Photos: Doug Plume)