The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust

We are swimming the English Channel for The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust because mental health matters!

This pandemic has highlighted the issues around mental health, especially amongst young people. 
The Charlie Waller Trust is a local charity that was created by the Waller family in 1997 in response to the loss of their son and brother Charlie to suicide having suffered from depression. They have since then become one of the UK’s most respected mental health charities.

Their overarching mission is to educate young people and those with responsibility for them – so parents and carers, teachers, college and university staff, employers, GPs and Practice Nurses – about mental health and wellbeing.
Their focus is on supporting all young people, throughout their journey from primary school age to the early years of their working lives, recognising that the points of transition in that journey can represent moments of particular vulnerability.
They aim to improve their understanding of mental health, to give them the knowledge and skills to look out for and support themselves and those around them, and to give them greater confidence in talking openly about the subject. By enabling more open and better-informed conversations, they aim to further reduce the stigma that still surrounds mental health.

All of the Marvels team have been impacted in some way by issues surrounding mental health and suicide in young people, so we are very proud to be raising funds to support this incredibly worthwhile charity.

Please help us reach our fundraising goal by donating here...

Clare Stafford, Chief Executive of the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust talks to us about the charity and why raising funds for this charity is so important.

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be?"

Marianne Williamson