TEENAGER Jake Leonard has arranged his own fund-raiser for a charity set up by a young cancer sufferer.
The 17-year-old Hereward College student, who has cerebral palsy, said he was overwhelmed by the positive attitude of Kris Hallenga after watching a recent television documentary about the founder of breast cancer charity CoppaFeel.
At just 23 she has ensured it has become one of the most recognised cancer charities in the country – and Jake said it had inspired him to continue to conquer the daily obstacles his condition meant he had to overcome.
“I was amazed by Kris’s courage and positive attitude to life and it really moved me to support her.” he said.
“I relate to her positive outlook as I have to overcome everyday challenges myself, and no matter what hurdles there are I try to get over them.
James, who has an offer to go to Birmingham City University next year, added: “This is what Kris has done with CoppaFeel and I aim to support her with my event in the most fun way I can.”
The CoppaFeel Charity Night at the Lime Tree Working Men’s Club on June 11 will include a host of live performances and an auction and raffle with items such as signed clothing from Fearne Cotton, Toni & Guy products and an overnight stay at The Lodge.
Tickets cost £3 and £5 from Hereward College reception or by contacting Jake on 07902429160.