Teenager re­mem­bers his friend with fundrais­ing

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page - by Thom Mor­ris tmor­ris@thek­m­group.co.uk

A TEENAGER who has been rais­ing money for a teenage can­cer char­ity af­ter los­ing his best friend to the dis­ease has raised over £2,000.

Matt Balne, a stu­dent at Nor­ton Knatch­bull School, Ash­ford, lost best friend Ali­son King, 17, to leukaemia last June.

He has since raised more than £2,000 for CLIC Sar­gent, with about £800 raised last week at a non-uni­form day.

Matt, 15, said: “It’s im­por­tant to me be­cause if there’s any chance to help out other peo­ple suf­fer­ing with can­cer and their fam­i­lies then I want to do it. Ali­son gives me the in­spi­ra­tion to carry on rais­ing money.

“I think she’d be very proud, and I also think she’d be proud of all the peo­ple she didn’t know who have done so much to help us raise so much money,” he added.

Ali­son, whose fa­ther Shaun is the care­taker at Lin­den Grove Pri­mary School, Stan­hope, died last sum­mer. She at­tended the Nor­ton Knatch­bull’s sixth form.

Nor­ton Knatch­bull also sold CLIC Sar­gent T-shirts and bracelets to add to the to­tal. The char­ity is the UK’s lead­ing chil­dren’s can­cer char­ity, sup­port­ing chil­dren and their fam­i­lies through the dis­ease.

Matt’s Nor­ton Knatch­bull form teacher Rosie Ken­mir plans to run the Bupa 10K in London on Mon­day to raise more money for the char­ity.

To spon­sor her, visit www. just­giv­ing.co.uk/rosie-ken­mir

Pic­ture: Martin Apps PD1710718

Pupils at Nor­ton Knatch­bull School have been rais­ing money for the Clic Sar­gent char­ity

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