THE MP for Highbridge has praised a mental health charity for its work to help young people

James Heappey, MP for Highbridge, visited staff at In Charley's Memory (ICM) earlier this month and heard all about its growth over the past five years. Mr Heappey spoke with staff about the challenge they face in terms of funding and their plans for the future.

In Charley’s Memory relies entirely on donations and last year provided 1,000 face to face counselling sessions to young people.

Mr Heappey said he was impressed with the service which the charity is providing – not least the fact it now works closely with The King Alfred School in Highbridge.

Mr Heappey said: “I am so proud to have an organisation like In Charley’s Memory in my constituency.

"I know they help so many people in Somerset and I am pleased the community have come together to help their fundraising as they have shown fantastic growth in the past few years.

“I have raised their lack of funding with Somerset CCG and I look forward to hearing back soon.

“It was great to hear they are working on early intervention for young people – something I think is hugely important.”

Operations Manager Dawn Carey said: "It was lovely to have James back at ICM and to be able to share with him how the charity has grown and the difference we are making across Somerset.”