A COMMUNITY has raised thousands of pounds in memory of a young man who died from cancer three-years-ago.

Friends and neighbours of Milan Alden, who died aged just 23 in 2019, have raised £1,300 for the Teenage Cancer Trust to help others fighting the disease.

Milan’s mother Florence Trehet said: “The Teenage Cancer Trust provided the very best care for Milan and the family during such a traumatic time for all of us. We would like to see more of these specialised units for young people across the country.”

Kingscourt village fete held at the King's Head pub had a beat the goalie competition, face painting, a variety of activities including a tombola, splat the rat, a best-dressed dog contest, beat the buzzer and a cream cracker eating competition.

It was followed by two evenings of entertainment, including a Stars in their Eyes competition and live music by band The Eds and vocal guitarists Alison Hustwitt and Tom Clissold.

Landlady Carol Nichol said: “The pub community has always been very good at fundraising and this was no exception.

"The fete brought together lots of people to celebrate with an afternoon of fun and enjoyment.

“This is the first time we have had a village fete and because it was so successful we are planning to hold another fete next year."

Milan grew up in Stroud and went to Woodchester Primary School from 2001 to 2007 and Archway from 2007 to 2014.

He died of cancer in 2019 after marrying his girlfriend Ying only two months previously.

“It was a lovely moment during a difficult time,” said Florence.

“Ying made Milan so happy, he always lit up when he saw her.”

The Teenage Cancer Trust is dedicated to improving the quality of life and chances of survival, for young cancer patients aged 13 to 24.

It funds and builds specialist units in NHS hospitals, bringing young people together so they can be treated by teenage cancer experts in a supportive and caring environment.

See teenagecancertrust.org