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Fundraising success for St Mary's High School leads to Q radio interview

Two 12 year old pupils, Mia Allen and Alfie Mallet, from St Mary’s High School, Brollagh, were given the fabulous opportunity of spending time at N Ireland’s Q radio Studios and broadcasting to audiences about their funding raising for Cancer Research. 

After hearing about their fundraising efforts, Q radio invited the two 12 year old pupils to spend the morning at their studio. Alfie and Mia experienced behind the scenes of the morning show, Q Café with Stevie King. They were then interviewed for the show by journalist Grainne Connelly.

First year pupil, Mia Allen, told audiences how she has raised £1000 for Cancer Research since 2015. She started her fundraising after her Grandma was diagnosed with cancer for the second time. 

Mia told listeners, “In early 2015 my Grandma was diagnosed with cancer, I was very close to her and loved her very much, so I wanted to help her and people like her with cancer.” 

Mia told listeners how she had worked tirelessly to raise £1000 by holding cake sales, selling her toys, books and bedroom furniture. She also did face painting, manicures and even washed cars to raise money! 

Mia’s Grandma sadly lost her battle with Cancer last year. Mia said “I miss my Grandma so much, but I hope that the money I’ve raised will go to help others with cancer. I want to thank everyone who donated to my fund-raising.” 

Second year pupil, Alfie Mallet told Q Radio listeners how he had organised a 'Wear your Christmas Jumper to School Day' which resulted in the school raising £160 for Cancer Research UK.  

They also told listeners how Blue Peter Presenter, Zoe Salmon, visited their school to assist in the presentation to Cancer Research and to talk to them about her career.

Alfie and Mia were highly complimented by Q radio for their confident, professional interview. They thoroughly enjoyed their radio experiences, and thanked Q radio for the amazing opportunity.

Danielle Sheridan from Cancer Research, who was also interviewed, shared her thanks to Mia for choosing to support Cancer Research UK.  "We rely entirely on the generosity of the public and supporters like Mia, so we are very grateful when they choose to support Cancer Research UK.  It is even more heart-warming for me to see a girl of such young age choose to support us.  Mia lost her Grandma to this disease but wanted to make a difference, so other people would not have to suffer loss like she did.  That for me is an amazing quality to have and we are so thankful for Mia’s support."

Danielle also thanked Alfie and the pupils at St Mary’s High school for choosing to support Cancer Research UK.  "Alfie is all too aware of the work Cancer Research UK are doing to make a difference and for him to choose to support us through his peers is amazing and we are very grateful for that."

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