27 July 2017

Family fundraises for Headlight in Max's memory

Headlight logoThe family of an AWP service user who sadly passed away earlier this year is fundraising for Headlight mental health charity in his memory.

Max McGhee was a much-loved and very popular young man, described as gentle and caring by those who knew him. Following his death in March of this year, his brother and parents decided to fundraise in his memory to make a difference to other people living with mental health issues. The family approached AWP's Headlight mental health charity to set up the Max McGhee Memorial Fund within Headlight, to raise money to promote awareness of the early diagnosis of psychosis and autism spectrum disorders.

To raise money for the fund, Max's brother Jack has set up a JustGiving page and the £1000 target has already been smashed with well over twice that amount having been donated to date. The donations include £210 from AWP healthcare assistant Sam Loud, who ran a 10km race in Max's memory, as well as donations from family, friends, colleagues and acquaintances.

A second JustGiving page has been established by some of Max's school friends who are running the Bristol half marathon in his memory, also in aid of Headlight's Max McGhee Memorial Fund.

Current and former colleagues of Max's dad from ForrestBrown and EY are also busy raising funds, which are kindly being match-funded by both employers.

Tia Shortall, Headlight fundraising manager, said, "Max's family is an inspiration. Max was clearly a remarkable young man and this fund will make sure that he continues to make a difference. The efforts his family, friends and others are going to will help AWP's early intervention in psychosis and autism spectrum services to raise awareness of psychosis and autism spectrum conditions in young people and encourage people to seek diagnosis earlier. We are so grateful to Max's family - the Max McGhee Memorial Fund will make a difference to people's lives."

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