Memorial fun day is a huge sucess

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A fun day in memory of teenager Chris Hargin, who died of a rare form of cancer, was a huge success.

The event on Saturday raised £1,000, which will be used to buy a memorial bench which will be placed outside the youth club in Counts Farm Road, Corby, where Chris and his friends regularly met.

Chris Hargin died on January 22, aged just 18, leaving his family and friends devastated.

He had been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer which affects just three people in every million each year.

Chris, a former pupil of The Kingswood School, Corby, has dozens of friends in the town and a group of them organised the fun day at Burghley Drive playing fields.

Fern Sweeney, 17, who organised the event with Chris Booth, Callum and Owen Leach, Thomas Findlay and Ayden Stewart, said: “The day was brilliant and we were really pleased with the turn-out. There must have been about 200 people came along, including members of Chris’ family who gave us all a lot of support.

“We are pleased with the amount of money we raised, which is more than enough to buy a memorial bench.

“We will be holding a meeting to decide what kind of bench to buy and what to put on the memorial plaque.”

Among the attractions on Saturday were a bouncy castle, a barbecue, a six-a-side football competition for the Chris Hargin Memorial Trophy, music and a raffle.

Families tucked into hundreds of beefburgers and hot dogs and Fern and her friends Paige Turner and Megan Hughes sold cakes in the colours of Chelsea football club – Chris’ favourite team.