Brave South Kirkby teenager Caprice O’Connor has organised a charity fundraiser – just three weeks after her mum was diagnosed with breast cancer.
The 15-year-old has organised an overnight camp-out with her friends in the ‘haunted’ hall at Burntwood Community Centre, South Kirkby, on Friday, April 18.
Already 35 of her fellow students at Minsthorpe Community College have signed up to take part in the sponsored event to raise funds for Cancer Research UK.
The teenagers will spend 13 hours in the hall without their phones or any games consoles. They will be supervised by centre staff and security during the event, from 8.30pm to 9.30am.
Caprice decided to organise the camp-out to keep her spirits up after mum Julie’s diagnosis.
Caprice, of Northfield, South Kirkby, said: “My mum was diagnosed with breast cancer three weeks ago and I wanted to do something to help, to raise money for Cancer Research.
“Organising the event is keeping me busy and helping me out as well as raising funds. I decided on an overnight camp as it will allow me to spend time with my friends as well. I just wanted to do something to make me and my family happy.
“There are 35 of my friends taking part, with some reserves waiting too. I think the biggest challenge will be giving up our mobile phones for 13 hours. We are staying in the hall so we won’t even have the games room to entertain us.”
Craig Hammond, youth manager at the centre, said: “Caprice’s mum was diagnosed with cancer, which was obviously quite upsetting for her. However, she has enough strength in her to then do something positive for charity.
“I thought it was a really inspirational thing for Caprice to do.
“Young people often get a bad press but I have got some unbelievable young people here who would do anything for anyone.
“They are all great kids and I think it is amazing what they are doing. I don’t know if the hall is haunted but I do know there are no phones allowed – that will be the hardest thing for them.”
Anyone who would like to sponsor the teenagers, should call the Church Top centre on 01977 652663.