Young fundraiser organises disco to help battle cancer

DISCO DELIGHT Everyone enjoyed 12-year-old Alfie Rawdings' charity disco
DISCO DELIGHT Everyone enjoyed 12-year-old Alfie Rawdings' charity disco

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ALFIE Rawdings is no ordinary little boy.

Devastated by the death of his grandmother Carole, he decided to channel his grief into doing something positive in her memory.

Last year he took part in a charity walk raising money for Cancer Research UK.

But his family were recently left reeling from the death of 42-year-old aunt Nicky Tucker.

Lung cancer had claimed both the women’s lives and Alfie, of Durley Avenue, Cowplain, decided he needed to go even bigger with fundraising this time around.

Last week he organised a fundraising disco at Cowplain Social Club, in aid of the Roy Castle Lung Foundation.

The 12-year-old managed to raise an incredible £750 in one night.

He said: ‘I’ve always wanted to raise a large sum of money for charity but, until now, I’ve never managed to carry it out.

‘Last year, with lots of people’s help I did the walk.

‘As much as Cancer Research is a great charity I wanted to do an event specially for lung cancer.

‘It was quite a shock to find out that lung cancer is the biggest killer and yet there is only one charity devoted to it.

‘This year I thought I just had to go for it. It took a lot of organising but a lot of people helped me.’

When word got out regarding Alfie’s plans, people were quick to donate their time and services to the cause.

‘Take Two Entertainment did the disco for free. And then Cowplain Social Club gave me the hall for free. And I thought to myself, “Do you know what, nothing can stop me now,”’ added Alfie.

With help from his mum Kate, the Cowplain Community School pupil put together the disco and a raffle.

Alfie added: ‘The first 20 minutes were quite stressful but the rest of it was brilliant, everyone really enjoyed themselves.

‘All the kids were dancing and we had a guest appearance from the Pompey mascot.

‘I feel quite proud of myself. I have always wanted to do a disco. My grandmother and my auntie were very brilliant people. I feel like I’ve done them proud too.’