Young apprentices in Burgess Hill raise cash in memory of friend Jesse Gasson

Young apprentices at Steve Willis in Burgess Hill have raised more than £1,000 in memory of their friend Jesse Gasson.

Jesse completed a gas apprenticeship at the training centre at Sheddingdean Industrial Estate in Marchants Way, qualifying in 2015. He tragically died on July 25, at the age of 21.

Apprentice Duncan Christian getting the chop by Tom Lewis

Apprentice Duncan Christian getting the chop by Tom Lewis

Money raised by the apprentices has gone to Young Minds – a charity which supports young people with mental health problems.

Apprentice Duncan Christian and gas trainer James Emmett even braved the shave to raise money in his memory.

A spokesman said this week: “A campaign by apprentices at Steve Willis has raised over £1,000 for the charity Young Minds in memory of former apprentice Jesse Gasson.

“One of his friends, Tom Lewis, finished his own training with us this year, and asked if we could help with a fundraising initiative to raise money for the charity which supports young people with mental health problems.

Duncan and Tom

Duncan and Tom

“Today the clippers came out at the training centre as fellow apprentice Duncan Christian had his head and beard shaved, and trainer James Emmett lost his own beard.

“They had raised money through sponsorship, and Tom himself did the honours with the razor.

“Afterwards, managing director Steve Willis presented Duncan with a hard hat to keep his newly shorn head warm!”

The apprentices’ efforts were praised at the centre’s graduation evening on November 22.

Burgess Hill District Lions Club generously donated £500 on the night – bringing the the total raised to more than £1,000.

Young Minds campaigns on mental health issues as well as offers support to young people experiencing problems and their families.

Steve Willis Training Centres has more than 17 years’ experience in gas, plumbing and electrical training.

To find out more, visit www.stevewillis.com.

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