Holloway mums set up fundraising event for Alan Cartwright’s family
PUBLISHED: 16:37 17 March 2015 | UPDATED: 16:54 17 March 2015
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, 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.
“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.”
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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