Ann Feloy feels truly blessed to be the mother of her beloved son, Olly – or Oliver, as she calls him. She feels his tragic passing has put her on a new path to prevent other precious young lives being lost to suicide. She is the Founder and Chair of Olly’s Future and has also become a trainer in ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training). She is on the Board of Governance of the Zero Suicide Alliance and since February 2019, Ann has been working as the Patients Care Lead for ‘Practise Hope’, a Health Education England funded project across Kent, Sussex and Surrey to improve how GP practices help 10 – 25 year olds who are suicidal or self-harm. It is hoped this ground-breaking pilot will be rolled out nationally.
In the past, Ann worked as a teacher, journalist and lobbyist. She is married to Chris who is an historian and has his own heritage consultancy. They continue to live in the family home where their sons, Oliver and Samuel, grew up.
Charlie studied at Christ’s Hospital school with Olly for seven years before both moving to London to study at university. Charlie and Oliver remained close friends and enjoyed spending time in Worthing when they both came back to visit. Charlie still lives and works in London as a Marketing and Communications Executive at the Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult based at Guy’s Hospital, working to support the commercialisation of academic research in advanced therapies. Charlie studied Biomedical Sciences at King’s College London which gave him the scientific foundation for his career.
I spent many precious years living with Olly in Middleton A, a boarding house at Christs Hospital. We first me in the Middleton A day room at 11 years old as we were welcomed to the place we’d spend the next 7 years of our lives. As Olly would sometimes remind me I was sat in a bright blue top with Bart Simpsons face emblazoned across the front. Over the years my style evolved as we went on to lead a marching band together, play countless games of tennis, belt out songs in the chapel choir and talk late into the night about anything and everything – something only possible with great friends. Our friendship continued into our university years in London, the place I was when I heard of Ollys’s passing. It’s a day that will never leave me, but being a part of Olly’s Future gives me confidence that his legacy will shine on. I live in Finsbury Park, London and work as an innovation consultant.
Zeph works in the NHS in the East of England and is passionate about improving mental health and preventing suicide. He has a background in economics, finance, health policy and strategy. He joined Olly’s Future in the Summer 2019 and is now one of the trustees. In his free time, Zeph enjoys walking with his wife and their dog and is currently trying to get fit enough to do a triathlon!
Olly and I met through the UCL Jazz Society, where our first performance together was a rather ambitious a cappella version of Madonna’s Like A Prayer! During our time with Jazz Soc, we went on to perform in various places ranging from the Adelphi Theatre to Barcelona! As a part of Olly’s Future, I help with the organisation of the music for all of our events – so far, this has included a big band consisting of UCL Jazz Soc members (past and present!) for a ball at the Tower Hotel, as well a funky 5-piece band for a boat party. Since graduation, I have been working as an associate scientist in a diagnostic unit for the NHS. When I’m not at work, I can normally be found either volunteering for Great Ormond Street Hospital or supporting the finest football team in West London… (Brentford, of course).
I met Olly in 2017 when we both joined a British Council scheme to teach English in China. We became friends as were both living in the same suburb of Shanghai, and I spent most evenings with Olly, shamelessly relying on his grasp of Chinese to make sure I could try the best dishes at restaurants.
After Olly’s death, I began volunteering for a charity in the centre of Shanghai, helping young Chinese migrants fund their university placements. When I returned to UK, I remained in the charity sector and I am now a consultant at the think tank New Philanthropy Capital, helping charities and philanthropists increase their impact.