Inspirational Alex inspires fundraising

Sir John Houghton cathloc school Kirk Hallam present �1099-56 to the Teenage cancer trust. Dave Stevenson ilkeston fire station, Alex Read, Heanor Bowen teenage cancer trust and eleanor Read.
Sir John Houghton cathloc school Kirk Hallam present �1099-56 to the Teenage cancer trust. Dave Stevenson ilkeston fire station, Alex Read, Heanor Bowen teenage cancer trust and eleanor Read.

An Ilkeston school boy who is battling cancer has inspired students to raise money for charity.

Alex Read, a student at St John Houghton Catholic School, is currently undergoing treatment and had to have his arm amputated following diagnosis six months ago.

Students and staff at the school have held various fundraising events for the Teenage Cancer Trust to raise funds for a much needed unit at the Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham, where Alex is receiving his treatment.

Karen Morley, from the school, said: “We were very fortunate that the team at Ilkeston Fire Station allowed us to hold a joint car wash in June.

“Other donations came from our family fast day, a book sale at The Briars, and the summer fayre donations.”

Alex’s sister, Eleanor, presented two cheques to representative from the trust, Heather Bowen. One for £1,099 from the school and another for £100 donated by Margaret Shelmerdine, a local business woman and friend of the School.

Mrs Morley added: “I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has helped in any way with our fundraising so far,

“Alex is an inspiration to us all at Saint John Houghton and he will be kept in our prayers over the summer.”