AN enterprising teenager is using his award-winning business to help a girl fighting leukaemia.

Leroy Allen is raising money through FabrikEvents, his own company which runs under-16s club nights around the region.

The 16-year-old, from Willington, increased admission fees at his events from £3 to £4 and the extra money generated will be donated to Tara Sowerby, of Bishop Auckland.

The 14-year-old was diagnosed with leukaemia in May and on Tuesday begins the third of four rounds of chemotherapy treatment at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.

But she hopes to be well enough to leave hospital for a few hours to attend a special charity event hosted by Leroy tomorrow night.

Leroy heard about Tara’s fight with the condition through mutual friends at St John’s School in Bishop Auckland, where he attends the sixth form and she is a pupil.

He said: "I heard about her through school friends on Facebook and felt compelled to do something to help.

"I hope the money can pay for a holiday once she is well enough to come out of hospital, something to look forward to.

"I’ve had a lot of support for my events so I want to give something back."

Tara’s sister, Emma Sowerby, said: "We were over the moon when Leroy told us what he was doing.

"They go to the same school and Tara has been to some of his events but he doesn’t really know us so it is really thoughtful.

"Things are going well for her so all being well her last chemo will be in September and six months later we can all go on holiday."

So far, Leroy has raised £1,240 of which £500 was donated by Alan Findlay, chief executive of Pin Point Recruitment.

In May Leroy’s company won The Northern Echo's If We Can You Can Challenge 2012, run by The Entrepreneurs' Forum.

A special fundraising under 16’s club event will be held at St John’s School, in Bishop Auckland, on Tuesday, from 4.30pm to 8.30pm.

Tickets are priced £4 and all the money raised will go to Tara.

They are available from the school reception.