Created 11th May 2020

Bradley Hall Chartered Surveyors and Estate Agents will be supporting Marcus In Mind, a charity set up in memory of Marcus Colville, a medical student with a passion for music and rugby who tragically took his own life at the age of just 20.

The devastated family and friends of the Newcastle University student hope his story can help other young people believed to be at risk of suicide. The JustGiving crowdfunding page, which was set up to help research to actively identify and help young people who are at risk of suicide, raised over £100,000.

At the time of Marcus’ death, Heaton- based Medicals Rugby Football Club paid tribute to the aspiring doctor and labelled his passing an “indescribable tragedy”.

The club’s statement read: “It is at times like these that we must count ourselves grateful to be part of a group of friends with such a special bond, and we must come together to honour Marcus’ memory. “He was a great medical and a great friend. He will be missed.”

Marcus’ dad Alaric said his son did not engage with support services, and “hid his distress from those who knew and loved him”.

He added: “We have started a fund, ‘Marcus in Mind’, which aims to fund research to help identify and reach those in need but not currently seeking help from the excellent counselling and support services available.”

Neil Hart, Managing Director at Bradley Hall, said: “Marcus In Mind is an incredibly important organisation which is developing new ways to provide mental health support to those at risk of suicide. It is essential that this group receives the backing of people and businesses in order to provide new ways to help those who need it most.”

The firm has pledged to donate a third of the funds raised at its annual Festive Fundraiser to Marcus In Mind – with the other two thirds to be shared with local charities Marie Curie Hospice, Newcastle and Heel and Toe Children’s charity. Last year, the firm raised over £21,000 at the event and has fundraised and donated over £64,000 to local charities under its new leadership.

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