Golf day helps raise funds for St Albans teenage suicide charity

PUBLISHED: 21:00 27 May 2016

72 people enjoyed a game of golf to raise money for The OLLIE Foundation

72 people enjoyed a game of golf to raise money for The OLLIE Foundation


Golfers have tackled 18 holes to raise money for a charity set up after a teenager took his own life.

The OLLIE – One Life Lost is Enough – Foundation was set up by Stuart Falconer, who lives in St Albans, after losing his 15-year-old son Morgan to suicide last year. The charity aim to help vulnerable people in the community by providing them with someone safe to talk to and educating them on good mental health.

The Morgan Falconer Golf Day was held at the Aldwickbury Golf Club in Harpenden and raised £4,500. The day welcomed a mix of 72 regular and inexperienced players for a round of golf.

Those who did not take part showed their support by providing raffle and auction prizes.

Former England goalkeeper, Phil Parkes, also joined to give a speech and share stories about his time playing for the football team.

The money will be invested into Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), which will provide schools with the skills to identify those that are displaying signs of suicidal thoughts.

Stuart, who organised the event, said: “It was bittersweet for me as I can never forget why we were there in the first place, yet the turnout encourages and motivates me to ensure The OLLIE Foundation continues its work in our communities, tackling the taboo topic of suicide and trying to ensure no other families ever have to experience the tragedy that I have experienced this past year.”

For more information about The OLLIE Foundation, click here.

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