He went on to raise millions to help others after going through a traumatic childhood and businessman Michael Josephson MBE shared some inspirational words on World Mental Health Day
After suffering horrific sexual, physical and mental abuse and bullying Michael wanted to leave a legacy of helping others and give as many vulnerable young people as possible a better start in life.
Over the years he has raised more than £5million. In 2015 he was awarded an MBE by the Queen for his services to charity and he has received the Freedom of the City Of London.
As well as running his business Stocks 2015 Ltd, which buys end-of-line and discounted stocks and supplies them to discount stores, he works all year round organising the annual Michael Josephson MBE Summer Ball at the Hilton hotel on Deansgate and observing how the funds are spent.
He has now shared a powerful post for World Mental Health Day as people in the hospitality industry in the north face more difficulties amid the coronavirus pandemic, advising followers to ‘check’ in on their mental health.
“My heart goes out to everyone working in the industry,” he wrote.
“It’s hard to advise people what to do in these circumstances, but please try and keep positive folks. “Check in on your mental health and if you’re feeling down, do something to lift yourself out of it… don’t fall down a rabbit hole of worry.
“Go for a walk, make a cup of tea, call a friend. Little distractions like this can really help #KeepGoing #MentalHealthAwareness #SelfCare.”
The entrepreneur from Cheshire, who has raised an incredible £3.9m for the Childline counselling service for children and young people, is now gearing up to host his third annual ball.
Sadly the 2020 event in June, which in 2019 raised £318,900 for Variety the Children’s Charity to help sick and disadvantaged children and young adults, the Seashell Trust charity for children and young adults with complex learning and communication disabilities and The Silver Line free 24-hour confidential helpline for older people, had to be called off because of COVID-19.
But Michael, whose previous headline acts were superstar singer Lulu and the band Texas, is now planning the next event to be held on October 9 2021.
It will raise funds for Variety, Teenage Cancer Trust, Mahdlo Youth Zone in Oldham and Wigan Youth Zone.
“The ball will be bigger than ever and I want to make it the best one yet,” he told us.
“It could be the first time that people get to go out and socialise.”
Michael has previously described his childhood as “hell” following the death of his mother when he was 10, which left him open to abuse and bullying as a vulnerable child and later in the care system.
After the turmoil of his mother’s death it became his aim to help others.
Sadly in 1998 the trauma he went through as a child saw Michael decide to try and end it all by jumping off a bridge over the A34 in…