Footballing Torfaen schoolboy raises cash with pound per goal

A SCHOOLBOY has turned a single pound into hundreds for charity with the help of his nan.

Connor Iliffe, eight, of Croesyceiliog, was given £1 by his nan, Jill Iliffe, 67, when he scored a goal in his football match. He donated his pound to the Alzheimer’s Society which inspired others to do the same.

The initiative is now known as Connor’s Pound, and has raised £400 for the charity so far.

Connor, said: “I put the £1 in because I was really sad when my grandad died, so I wanted people to raise money for Alzheimer’s.”

Connor’s grandad, John Iliffe, was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia in 2010 when he was 66 and passed away in 2012.

This type of dementia occurs less often than other forms of dementia such as Alzheimer’s disease or vascular dementia, and tends to affect younger people usually under the age of 65.

Connor who plays football for Croesyceiliog under-nines has scored in almost every match this season.

Steve Iliffe, 41, Connor’s dad, said: “When his nan gave him £1, he didn’t want it – he wanted to give it to charity. Alzheimer’s affects everyone.

“Connor’s £1, within six to eight weeks, has just grown and grown.”

Mr Iliffe last year raised more than £1,000 for the Alzeihmer’s Society’s Memory Walk in tribute to his father.

Anne Carpenter, project manager for Young People with Dementia in Gwent and South Powys, said: “The Memory Walk was amazing, but there is just something about Connor’s Pound that seemed very special.

“As a charity, we rely on the generosity of individuals like Connor and his family to help us continue our vital work. It is amazing that someone as young as Connor is supporting Alzheimer’s Society with his fundraising efforts so that we can continue to lead the fight against dementia.

“I’d like to thank Connor for his incredibly thoughtful donation which has already raised a substantial amount of money.”

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