Holloway mums set up fundraising event for Alan Cartwright’s family

Alan Cartwright with his sister Cherrie

Alan Cartwright with his sister Cherrie - Credit: Archant

Four “mothers on a mission” have set up a fundraising event in aid of Alan Cartwright’s family to help pay for the killed teen’s funeral.

Alan Cartwright candlelit memorial event on Calendonian Road 06.03.15. Tribute candles are lit in me

Alan Cartwright candlelit memorial event on Calendonian Road 06.03.15. Tribute candles are lit in memoryof the teenager outside Cally Pool by friends Bailey O'Neill (15), Bobbii Dougherty (15) and Lily Hughes (16) - Credit: Archant

Alan, 15, was stabbed to death while cycling up Caledonian Road last month, leaving the whole community in shock – with hundreds turning out for a vigil in his memory.

In an attempt to help the family, Laura Andrews, Julie Mannix, Joanne Baker and Sam Bishop – all mothers living in Caledonian Road – set about organising a fund raising event for about 150 people. But soon had to change their plans when well over a thousand announced their intention to attend on Facebook.

Now a street will be closed for locals to come together again and show support for Alan’s family.

Mrs Andrews, whose son Alfie was in Alan’s class at Holloway School, said: “Our kids grew up alongside Alan and we’re close with his mum.

Alan Cartwright candlelit memorial event on Calendonian Road 06.03.15. Tribute candles are lit in me

Alan Cartwright candlelit memorial event on Calendonian Road 06.03.15. Tribute candles are lit in memoryof the teenager outside Cally Pool by friends Bailey O'Neill (15), Bobbii Dougherty (15) and Lily Hughes (16) - Credit: Archant


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“We all know each other around here, but it’s quite amazing how everyone has been connected by what happened.

“We wanted to do something to raise money for the family to help with the cost of the funeral.”

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So far well over a thousand pounds has been raised, with the Cock Tavern in Pheonix Road, Somers Town, raising £850 in one week and a door to door collection bringing in a further £500.

At the event there will be a raffle with a signed Arsenal shirt among the prizes as well as a bouncy castle for children and karaoke.

Wrist bands with the message “rest in peace Alan” will also be sold.

The fundraising event will take place in Blundell Street on Saturday March 28 from 4pm.

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