Conservative Party leadership candidate Boris Johnson heard from a young supporter of Burnham-On-Sea charity ‘In Charley’s Memory’ during his visit to the town on Friday (June 28th).

In Charley’s Memory was set up after Burnham teenager Charley Marks took his own life, aged 18, in September 2014. The charity now supports and helps hundreds of young people and those affected by mental health.

During a visit by Boris Johnson to Highbridge’s King Alfred’s School Academy on Friday (June 28th), the politician heard from Jack Miller, one of the charity’s young ambassadors.

Jack explained to Mr Johnson the emotional story behind the charity, that “an 18 year-old had boy died,” and he told the politician “there is not enough funding for mental health.”

Boris Johnson said it was “fantastic” that the charity has been selected and he said mental health “is a huge issue.”

A discussion took place between Mr Johnson, Burnham’s MP James Heappey and head-teacher Nathan Jenkins about the role of schools in dealing with mental health, and schools’ ability to deal with social media pressures.

Jack said afterwards he was “pleased” to have brought the issue to the attention of Boris Johnson during his visit.