A BURNHAM-on-Sea mental health charity which was set up in memory of a teenager has moved to a new premises after an increase in demand.

Jo Clement started In Charley's Memory in 2014 to help young people suffering from mental health problems after her son, Charley Marks,18, tragically took his own life.

The charity took on double the amount of clients, aged between 11-25, in 2018 compared to last year and have seen 84 people since January.

As a result their offices at Manor Gardens were not big enough and the charity has now moved to a new premises at Rose Farm on Jaycroft Road.

Dawn Carey, operations manager at In Charley's Memory, said she is thrilled the charity has made

"We are so busy we are growing and growing and growing," Dawn said.

"We get referrals from Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and talking therapies as well as self referrals from young people in the community.

"We offer one to one counselling, drop-in counselling sessions and we are setting up a family support group later on this month.

"Our youth ambassador programme is going really well. The ambassadors are supporting young people in schools and are there to chat to and help young people access our services."

The charity relies on fundraising and grants to keep their doors open but Dawn says finding £45,000 to keep it going is a tough undertaking.

"We are extremely grateful to the town for their support they give us," Dawn said.

"We have an amazing staff of volunteers who really go above and beyond to help us and have had some grant funding but our workload is growing and it still costs £45,000 to keep this going.

"Unlike other services we don't cap our support, we help people for as long as they need us to whether that's for six weeks or more long term.

"Our aim is to reduce the stigma around mental health and make people know it is okay to talk about their mental health and ask for help."

For more information or to donate to In Charley's Memory visit www.incharleysmemory.org.uk or call 01278 773403.