About MWMT
and Max’s legacy

The Max Windle Memorial Trust (MWMT) is a registered charity (1194885) in England and Wales. The trust was established by Max’s family in 2021 in memory of Max who tragically passed away at the age of sixteen after suffering with anxiety and depression.

MWMT will help local and national charities in supporting adolescent / young people (under 21 years old) with mental health problems by direct funding initiatives and programs which make a difference to young people’s lives.

Max’s story

On 28 January 2021, we lost our precious Max to suicide at the age of only sixteen. Max was full of life, he was kind, funny, thoughtful, caring, and passionate about everything he did. He was a supremely talented athlete, popular, outgoing, and dearly loved by his family, friends and all who knew him. Everyone loved Max and he had the world at his feet. Sadly, unknown to many, despite all his achievements and underneath all the smiles and enthusiasm for life, Max was battling with depression and tragically took his own life and left his family and friends in disbelief and heartbroken.

The Max Windle Memorial Trust (MWMT) was registered as a Charity in June 2021, aiming to raise awareness and give support to young people suffering with their mental health, with a focus on depression, anxiety, and suicide prevention.

Young people’s mental health is a massive issue, particularly amongst 16–25-year-olds. Sadly, thousands of young people are struggling with their mental health and the earlier support is accessible, for individuals and parents, the more effective that support will be. The NHS recently published a report stating that one in six young people has a probable mental health disorder and sadly these numbers are growing. Despite this, less than one in three young people with mental health conditions get access to NHS care and treatment. We are determined to help other young people and believe that no young person should have to suffer alone if they have mental health issues. MWMT charity will fund local and national projects which directly support other young people like Max.

We are overwhelmed by the support and generosity that Max’s charity has received, and we are determined to make sure that every single penny raised will be used to help save lives. So many extraordinary people have supported the charity by fundraising, or donating, and we are proud that Max’s legacy will be one of support and care to people who are struggling as he was. We would like to truly thank you for your support to date, and ongoing, for MWMT. This is Max’s legacy, and we are determined to make MWMT enduring and impactful – Max was special in so many ways, yet he suffered tragically – we must make a difference, and we will.

 “Thanks to the amazing cheering and support from all our friends and everyone who completed the run with amazing times – we had so much fun and there was a great team atmosphere.  Behind all of this was a gritty determination and resolve, everyone was running for Max and wanted to contribute to MWMT. It was fantastic to be part of the sea of pink.”

— KATE WINDLE

Our purpose

Max Windle Memorial Trust (MWMT) is striving to improve the mental health of young people.

We aim to raise awareness and give support to young people suffering with mental health problems, with a focus on depression, anxiety, and suicide prevention. This support, importantly, extends to parents and teachers who are often ill equipped to recognise and support young people suffering with mental health problems.

Our objectives

The MWMT charity was established for the public benefit to relieve sickness and mental illness in young people under the age of 21 by:

Providing grants to support the provision of advice and professional counselling; and providing grants to support research into mental illness and ways of enhancing the mental health of young people under the age of 21.’

The MWWT raises funds by organising, sponsoring, and supporting events of all kinds (see Events), and via direct donations. These funds are then allocated by the Trustees in accordance with the objectives of the charity with ongoing monitoring as to the effective deployment of those funds.

Need Help Now?

MWMT does not give direct advice and help to individuals, but we hope this information will help if you need direct support.

Emergency
If you need immediate help call 999 or go to your local A&E department. Find your nearest A&E services here

Samaritans
Need to talk now? Contact Samaritans by clicking here or calling 116 123.

Crisis textline
Prefer to text? You can contact the Crisis textline 24/7. Just text SHOUT to 85258

MWMT trustees

Our board of trustees comprises of the following members:

Deborah Windle

Director of a small business

David Windle

Renewables Consultant

Ella Windle

Doctor

Kate Windle

Business Graduate at Siemens

Jim Windle

CFO Branston

Jessica Black

Marketing Director at Calvey Marine

The Max Windle Memorial Trust is a registered charity in England and Wales (1194885)