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Teenager gives prize cash to charity

PUBLISHED: 07:20 16 April 2009 | UPDATED: 15:11 07 July 2010

A teenager who won £1,000 for his charity work has given away half his prize money.

Dean Johnson won the charity category of the Bernard Matthews Youth Awards after raising more than £6,000 in memory of his best friend Andrew Stringer.

A teenager who won £1,000 for his charity work has given away half his prize money.

Dean Johnson won the charity category of the Bernard Matthews Youth Awards after raising more than £6,000 in memory of his best friend Andrew Stringer.

Andrew died of a rare brain tumour in November 2006 aged just 13.

An umbrella group of the Samantha Dickson Brain Tumour Trust was set up in his name and so far more than £26,000 has been raised in total.

Dean, who is currently studying for his GCSEs at Reepham High School, held many fundraising events, including two pudding evenings, two tea parties and a swim in the sea on Boxing Day.

He has now given half his £1,000 prize won at the Youth Awards to Andrew's fund.

Andrew's mother, Marion Stringer, said: “We think it is amazing and feel that Dean is an inspiration to other 16-year-olds in Norfolk and across the country.”


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