Dementia charity boost

Fundraiser Aidan Ferguson pictured with mum Catherine and his certificate.
Fundraiser Aidan Ferguson pictured with mum Catherine and his certificate.

CHARITY chiefs and a proud mum today paid tribute to a schoolboy who launched his own fundraising drive for a national charity.

Aidan Ferguson, 12, from Lorimers Close, in Peterlee, decided to raise cash for Dementia UK as part of a project at St Bede’s RC Comprehensive School in the town.

Over 11 days, he stood outside the school and got people to put money into a collection bucket.

At the end of it all, the charity was boosted by £80 and Aidan’s mum Catherine, 45, said: “You hear so many stories about young people these days but here is a young man who has done something good for the community.

“He has organised an event and then stood outside to get the money for it.

“The first we knew was when we got a call from Dementia UK to say he had raised the money.”

Catherine is married to Mark, 41, who runs his own building company. They have three other children - Ewan, aged eight, Frances aged six and two-year-old Jude.

Catherine added: “Aidan’s class was asked to think about work in the community and he came up with this idea himself. When he told me, I said ‘you can’t just go around fundraising’ but he had already gone through all the proper channels himself. I was really proud.”

Claire Curtis, fundraising and communications manager for Dementia UK, said: “Dementia can impact on all members of a family, it is inspiring that someone as young as Aidan has the initiative to fundraise for Dementia UK to help us support more family carers affected by dementia.”

Anyone wanting more details about the charity can contact (0207) 8747200 or visit