A TEENAGER from Catshill is hoping to raise hundreds of pounds in memory of his dad, who tragically died last year due to a brain tumour.

Oliver Arch has organised a fete on Friday alongside 16 other young people and adults, as part of their National Citizen Service course, which aims to build confidence.

The 16-year-old has chosen to raise money for Primrose Hospice as they provided valuable support and counselling for him during a difficult time.

His dad Mike sadly died last year, aged 49.

Many years before, Mike also had to live at a YMCA housing provision.

Oliver, who has just finished Year 11 at Waseley High School, is determined to raise money for both charities in his memory by hosting the event.

He said: “Both charities are a huge part of many of our lives.

“Without Primrose I wouldn’t be who I am today. They supported me after my dad died and allowed me to talk to someone who helped me clear my head.

“Without them I would have been a very different person and therefore am grateful everyday for the service they provide.

“Similarly with YMCA they help young people like ourselves who are in awful situations living on the street or class themselves as homeless.

“We as a team feel like more support is required to these people as they have barely anything and are no different from us.

“We are privileged and thrilled that the charities allowed us to represent them.”

The event takes place at St John’s Baptist Church on Kidderminster Road, from 10am until 4pm, and entry is free.

Activities include a raffle, stalls with handmade crafts, food, and drink, as well as games.

All money raised will be donated to charity, and the group hopes to raise around £300.

Donations can also be made to gofundme.com/fixing-links-sleep-out.