Local teenager organises cancer charity event

Jake Leonard is working hard to arrange his own event for CoppaFeel charity.

A student at Hereward College in Tile Hill is arranging his own charity event after finding inspiration in a recent television documentary about a young cancer sufferer who chose to fight the disease by setting up her own charity.

17-year-old Jake Leonard was overwhelmed by the bravery and positive attitude of Kris, the founder of breast cancer charity CoppaFeel, after finding out she had cancer at just 23 years of age.

As a cerebral palsy sufferer, student Jake often finds he has daily obstacles to overcome, but instead focuses his time on helping and supporting others with their own challenges.

“I was amazed by Kris’s courage and positive attitude to life and it really moved me to support her. I relate to her positive outlook as I have to overcome everyday challenges myself, and no matter what hurdles there are I try to get over them. This is what Kris has done with CoppaFeel and I aim to support her with my event in the most fun way I can”.

With a conditional offer from Birmingham City University next term, Jake reflects on this event being a fitting end to his Hereward career; “Hereward has opened my eyes to different disabilities and allowed me to become more accepting. I’ve developed confidence, moved on leaps and bounds with my independence skills and this event will be a really positive experience to end on”.

Arranged single-handedly by Jake, the event will feature performances from Embody Dance, Manny and the Coloured Sky, Stefan Morgan, plus Jake himself as the alter ego ‘DJ Wheels’. There will also be a charity auction and raffle with prizes including signed clothing from Fearne Cotton, Toni & Guy products and an overnight stay at The Lodge.

Jake’s CoppaFeel Charity Night will take place on Saturday 7th June, 7-11pm at Lime Tree Working Mens Club in Coventry. Tickets are £5 (Concessions £3) and are available from Hereward College reception, or contact Jake directly on 07902429160.