Dinas Powys resident raises more than £600 for Teenage Cancer Trust

70S NIGHT: (from left) Luke Cowpe, Owen Young, Wen Stone, Louisa Morgan, Lara Cowpe and Elizabeth McGuire. All are members of Teen Spirit in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust committee.

70S NIGHT: (from left) Luke Cowpe, Owen Young, Wen Stone, Louisa Morgan, Lara Cowpe and Elizabeth McGuire. All are members of Teen Spirit in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust committee.

First published in Penarth news

A DINAS Powys resident has raised more than £600 in aid young cancer patients across South Wales.

Luke Cowpe raised the money by organising and hosting a 70s fancy dress night at the Wharf in Cardiff Bay.

Luke decided to fundraise for the charity after joining the fundraising group Teen Spirit in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust at the start of 2014.

Luke said: ‘‘I always like to push myself in everything that I do and step outside of my comfort zone; so what better way in doing so than to raise money for a great cause whilst doing it.

"I have been involved in fundraising campaigns before such as the Three Peaks challenge and half marathons and full marathons but I wanted to try something different. This was my biggest challenge to date as I am not particularly the most organised person in the world."

He added: "It was a fantastic evening and a huge number of the guests put a lot of effort into their fancy dress which was great to see. The Wharf offered their function room free of charge as TCT is their chosen charity for the year and we had the DJ services of Mike Fredriksen from Viking Disco who supplied the 70’s tunes for the evening. He also offered his services for free and we thank both Mike and the Wharf for their generosity."

Luke, who's sister Lara Cowpe successfully battled cancer and has gone on to raise more than £50,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust, added: "I want to take this time to thank the Teen Spirit in aid of TCT committee, particularly those able to attend on the night as they all made a contribution to the evening’s planning and to all the guests that attended who made sure we raised the money we did.’’

Teenage Cancer Trust relies on donations and all money raised by Luke will go towards the maintenance of the specialist Teenage Cancer Trust unit at University Hospital Wales, Cardiff, funding specialist staff and supporting free cancer awareness sessions the charity runs in schools, colleges and universities across the region.

For more information on Teen Spirit’s activities please search on facebook https://www.facebook.com/TeenSpirit4TCT or email teenspiritcardiff@gmail.com

To support Teenage Cancer Trust in South Wales please contact Debbie Jones on debbie.jones@teenagecancertrust.org or call 07985 471429. For more information on Teenage Cancer Trust visit www.teenagecancertrust.org

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