Fun run next in series of school events for St Albans charity OLLIE

Samuel Ryder Academy

Samuel Ryder Academy - Credit: Archant

A four kilometre fun run is the next in a sequence of events organised by St Albans students for a local charity.

Staff and pupils at Samuel Ryder Academy have been sponsored to run in aid of a St Albans suicide prevention charity, OLLIE (One Life Lost is Enough).

Wordsworth house have been hosting events all year to collect money for the cause - they will reveal the fund-raising total in July.

It is a cause close to the heart of House captain Holly Wilmer-Barbrook, 18, because she volunteers with the charity.

She said: “So many teenagers are suicidal and it’s such an important topic and a serious issue, so this charity is about making people aware of mental health.”

Holly has two exams on the same day as the run, but she is going to “power on through”: “I am really excited, I think it will be so lovely to raise money.”

OLLIE, which was founded by the parents of teenagers who took their own lives, trains people to recognise the warning signs of suicide and talk to a person in that situation.

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The fun run is taking place on June 14 - to sponsor the runners, email Holly at