Teenager remembers his friend with fundraising
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
Pupils at Norton Knatchbull School have been raising money for the Clic Sargent charity