An eight-year-old DJ took part in a 24-hour 'raveathon' to help families struggling during the cost-of-living crisis.

Archie Norbury from Dunmow got behind the decks with KISS DJ and Strictly star Tyler West, encouraging Tyler to keep dancing to raise funds for Cash for Kids.

DJ Archie spent 50 minutes playing tunes for Tyler, and was happy to give up his time after school to support the cause.

He said: "It was great to go to the KISS studios in London and help Tyler out with his raveathon.

"I was only there for 50 minutes and it was brilliant fun but I don’t know how Tyler kept dancing for 24 hours!

"I know there are some children out there who aren’t as lucky as I am so it’s brilliant to be able to help raise some money for them."

Tyler, 27, was joined during the 24-hour rave by his girlfriend Molly, as well as Eurovision star Sam Ryder.

Cash for Kids offers grants for families in need, working with local grassroots organisations that aim to make a difference to young lives.


The charity helps support people with food, clothing and household energy costs, and more than £2 million has been distributed to those most in need, with 23,629 children helped so far this year.

Michelle Williamson, the Cash for Kids representative for Essex and the South East, said: "We were thrilled that Archie took some time out to come and help us out on the last Cash for Kids Day.

"The money he helped to raise will go towards helping vulnerable children and families who are still finding it so tough at the moment.

"I’d like to encourage any local grass roots organisation to come to us and ask about our cost-of-living grants. Working together we can do our best to reach as many people as possible."

Applications are now open for the grants, which are £50 per child, and the charity aims to distribute them as soon as possible.

Organisations that want to apply on behalf of families and children that they support can visit or email