Friends aim to do Chris proud with fundraisers

FRIENDS of teenager Chris Hargin, who died earlier this year of cancer, have organised charity events in his memory.

Chris, a former pupil of The Kingswood School in Corby, died on January 22 aged just 18, of a cancer which affects three people in a million each year.

Chelsea Meakins, Chantell Macleod, Danni Slaven and Jamzy Rodger have arranged three events to raise cash for two charities which help young cancer patients.

They are holding a charity day in Corby town centre on Saturday, April 28, when people will take part in sponsored activities, including Chris’ mum Janet who is to have her head shaved to raise cash.

Miss Meakins, 20, of Ribblesdale Avenue, Corby, said: “Chris did us proud, now it’s our turn to make him proud.

“He was one in a million and everyone loved him.”

There will be memorial wristbands on sale on the day, as well as a DVD featuring photos of Chris throughout his life.

Proceeds from the day will go to Clic Sargent, a charity which deals with children and young people who have cancer.

Chris’ friends are also organising a benefit dance which will be held on Saturday, May 26, at the Hazel Tree pub in Greenhill Rise, Corby, for the same charity, with tickets costing £5.

Auditions are also being held on Tuesday, April 24, at the Autumn Centre in Counts Farm Road, Corby, for a charity concert to be held later in the year.

People who would like to take part can go along between 4pm and 8pm and entertainers of all ages are welcome to audition.

Mr Rodger, 20, of Binbrook Walk, Corby, said: “What better way to celebrate Chris’ life. He would love to see the concert do well.

“He was such a fighter and he always had a smile on his face.”

Money raised by the concert will go to Douglas House in Oxford, a hospice for young people.

Friends previously showed their support for Chris when a fun day was held in March to raise money to buy a bench in his memory.

It is to be unveiled tomorrow at the Autumn Centre.

Mrs Hargin said: “I would like to say a massive thank you for everyone’s support and everything everyone has done in memory of my son.”