Students fund meaningful makeover for young people in crisis

Off the Record has been presented with a donation this week by two charitable sixth form students who fundraised for a whole month to help support young people in crisis.

The two A-Level students from Bath’s Beechen Cliff School, Elliott Morton, 17, and Kyle Reeves, 17, decided to set up a series of events at their school throughout December to raise vital funds for the charity that aims to improve the emotional and mental wellbeing of vulnerable young people in the community by providing critical services such as counselling and special youth groups. Events included penalty shootouts, a day of waxing for male teachers and a bake sale, involving everyone from teachers and students to staff from Off the Record.

The pair managed to raise £400 which will go towards our ‘Meaningful Makeover’ campaign – a drive to transform the space we provide into a more positive, open and welcoming place for young people in crisis.

Kyle Reeves, one of the pair behind the activities, said: “It was really fun and we wanted to give something back to people the same age as us that might be struggling.

“A lot of people, like us, have had exams this month and it can be a pretty stressful time. Some people suffer with things like that more than others and organisations like Off the Record are so important in our community because they are helping to provide people with a safe place to go when things aren’t necessarily always going right in their lives.

“We’re really looking forward to seeing the new space and hope that our donation will inspire others to support Off the Record with their amazing work.”

Phil Walters, Director of Off the Record, said: “It’s great to see young people getting involved like this and supporting us.

“Around one in three students in a classroom near you are suffering with a mental health problem right now and we are a lifeline for a lot of young people in Bath and North East Somerset – including students at schools like Beechen Cliff. We exist to make a positive difference to their lives so that they can come out the other side being the person they want to be.

“We are really grateful for amazing donations like this and would like to thank Elliot, Kyle and everyone from Beechen Cliff School for all of their hard work in providing us with the means to change hearts, minds, and lives in our community.”

We are also calling for the support of people in the local community, businesses and other organisations who may be able to help with our campaign to create a meaningful, inviting space for young people. Anyone interested in helping to make a difference, donating to the campaign or who wants to find out more can visit our appeal page. Please feel free to share the appeal page with friends, family, colleagues and more!

Elliott Morton (L) and Kyle Reeves (R) present the cheque to Off the Record