A TALENTED Bexhill teenager has been raising funds for charity after being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.
Archie Norris first picked up his guitar when he was nine-years-old and almost straight away wrote his first song.
The schoolboy made an album after his mum Trilby was diagnosed with an early cancerous tumour on her vocal cord. She had been a singer in the West End and Archie was inspired to sing as his mum no longer could.
The teenager, who turned 14 on Monday(June 17), released an album and money from the sales of this went to The Royal Marsden Children’s Hospital.
Archie has been inspired to help raise further charity cash when he was diagnosed with diabetes in January last year. The St Richard’s Catholic College pupil, who has to inject himself with insulin several times a day, has used his experience to help inspire him
The Bexhill resident, whose ultimate aim is to be signed, is in Eastbourne most Saturdays playing his own material.
His mum Trilby Norris said: “He has been coping brilliantly from the start and he never feels sorry or himself, he just gets on with it.
“He was poorly for a long time.
“I’m proud of the young man that he is.
“I think his philosophy is there’s always going to be someone worse off than he is.
“He’s very focused and it’s definitely something he wants to do for a life-long career and would love to go to music college.”
So far Archie’s efforts have helped raise more than £150 for the charity.
Mrs Norris added: “Everyone is so supportive of him.
“Diabetes does change your life but if you have a good group of people around you that helps.”
As well as raising funds through busking Archie is also due to have an EP of four songs released called Space on June 20 and proceeds will go to Diabetes UK.
Diabetes Week took place last week (June 9 - June 15) and saw fundraisers and awareness events take place across the country.