Gawcott teenager raises more than £1,000 for the Alzheimer's Society in memory of her grandfather

Sabrina Jayne-Harper
Sabrina Jayne-Harper

A teenager from Gawcott has raised more than £1,000 in aid of the Alzheimer's Society after her grandfather died from the condition.

Sabrina Jayne-Harper, 17, lost her grandfather David to the condition last August and decided she would like to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Society in his memory.

The tea party organised by Sabrina Jayne-Harper raised just over 300 for the Alzheimer's Society

The tea party organised by Sabrina Jayne-Harper raised just over 300 for the Alzheimer's Society

David, a former managing director of Wipac Ltd, a lighting manufacturer based in Buckingham, died after a two year battle with the illness.

Sabrina-Jayne set herself an initial fundraising target of £1,000 which she recently surpassed.

She held various events include an afternoon tea party at the family home in May which was attended by more than 30 people and raised just more than £300.

Other activities during the tea party included a raffle and music from pupils at her sister Samantha-Clare's music school.

Sabrina-Jayne said: "I would like to thank my father for letting me host it in our house, and my mother for baking the treats to serve to the guests.

"Also i would like to thank my sister-in-law Kat Harper, her mother, my aunt Susan Gray and her new daughter-in-law for helping with cleaning up afterwards."

Sabrina-Jayne also held a mufti day which raised £500 at her school Sir Thomas Fremantle in Winslow.

She added: "I would like to thank the staff at the school, and my friends Ellie, Hannah, Liv, Fran, Olivia and Atlanta for helping me serve baked goods at the cake sale and collecting in and counting up the donations for the charity at the end of the day."

Sabrina-Jayne's fundraising concluded a fortnight ago when she ran a children's tombola stall at the village fete in Gawcott raising a further £60.

She said: "I would love to especially thank my dad, Stephen Harper for giving me all the love and support I need to continue to do good things for other people.

"I would also love to thank my mother Judith Harper without whom I would never have been able to have the supplies to host such charity events, nor the inspiration to do good things for other people.

"I’m incredibly proud of my parents for all that they do for me and the hundreds of other people they have helped throughout the years, as I am sure they are proud of me.

"I absolutely could not have done this without them.

"I hope my fundraising can inspire other young people to do something good for this community.

Sabrina-Jayne's current fundraising total stands at £1,200 and you can view her Just Giving page here