A special day to remember Chris

From left, Thomas Findlay, Callum Leach, Ayden Stewart, Chris Booth, Fern Sweeney, Owen Leach and Corby councillor John McGhee are organising a memorial fun day

From left, Thomas Findlay, Callum Leach, Ayden Stewart, Chris Booth, Fern Sweeney, Owen Leach and Corby councillor John McGhee are organising a memorial fun day

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Friends of a brave teenager who lost his battle against cancer are holding a fun day in his memory.

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 across the town and a group of them have organised the fun day on Saturday.

Proceeds from the event 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.

Fern Sweeney, Chris Booth, Callum and Owen Leach, Thomas Findlay and Ayden Stewart, have organised the fun day at Burghley Drive playing fields, from 1pm until 5pm.

Fern, 17, said: “We all miss Chris and it was devastating when he died but organising this event has helped make us feel better. We wanted to do something special in his memory.

“The fun day is for families and we’re hoping people will come from all over town, whether they knew Chris or not, and enjoy the afternoon. We want it to be a big success.”

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

Corby businesses have donated prizes, including an overnight stay at the Hampton by Hilton Hotel, a £25 voucher for Extreme Lengths hair and beauty salon at the Rockingham Forest Hotel, meal vouchers from Burger King, the Hong Kong and Best Kebab House restaurants, two tickets to watch Corby Town and a chance to meet the players and a head massage and blow dry from Sarah’s beauty salon.

Corby councillor John McGhee, who has been supporting the friends, said: “They have done all the hard work and I hope people will turn out on Saturday and support the fun day.”

Chris was diagnosed with atypical teratoid rhabdoid tumor, a rare tumour, and had chemotherapy treatment at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford.

If you would like to donate a raffle prize or buy raffle tickets call 07713135204. There will be no admission charge to the fun day.