In 2016, three parents who had all lost their teenage sons to suicide, vowed to do all they could to prevent other families suffering similar tragedies. And so The OLLIE Foundation was born.
Where did we come from?
Where it began: Three parents who experienced unimaginable loss after losing their sons all found their way to their local SOBS, a support network for surviving the bereavement of suicide. Stuart met Chris and Jane at SOBS in June 2015. Throughout the summer and autumn of 2015, they found support at SOBS, but by the end of the year they began to feel like they wanted to do more. Chris, Stuart and Jane started to discuss the idea of charitable fundraising. Initially, the idea was to hold a Golf Day to raise money for PAPYRUS. The funds would be used to facilitate the delivery of safeTALK and ASIST training in the local secondary schools in St Albans.
The first Morgan Falconer Memorial Golf Day was held on 13th May 2016, three days before The OLLIE Foundation became a registered charity. In the summer of 2016 the first safeTALK and ASIST training was delivered by Terry Rigby of Forward For Life, and Caron Thompson of Common Unity, on behalf of OLLIE. By October 2016 OLLIE had its own trainers and the first OLLIE run sessions were delivered.