A SOLDIER taking baby steps towards greater business success will boost a South Tyneside charity event for a child fighting for his life tomorrow.
Staff Sergeant Matt Bolton, from Hebburn, was recently named ‘Best Dadpreneur’ at an industry ceremony in Birmingham.
The honour came after Staff Sgt Bolton, 37, designed a safer alternative to the traditional babygrow, after he noticed how his children, Nicholas, now six, and seven-year-old Lauren, found it difficult to move on laminate flooring as babies.
This led to the creation of his anti-slip Crawlerz babywear, which allows babies to crawl, while preventing them from sliding.
Tomorrow, the Hebburn-born soldier will give away almost 100 of his babygrow products at a fundraising event called Caring for Kian, to be held at Hebburn Community Centre.
Proceeds from the event will help support one-year-old Kian Musgrove, who is undergoing chemotherapy after a tumour found in a gland above his left kidney later spread to his pelvis, bone marrow and other parts of his body. After being diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma, doctors have told Kian’s parents that he only has a 50 per cent chance of survival.
Staff Sgt Bolton said: “I got involved in tomorrow’s charity event through a family friend, and I will distribute the babygrows to parents at Hebburn Community Centre.
“It’s a baby yogathon event called Caring for Kian and I aim to raise about £200 in sponsorship, with the Crawlerz babygrows I’m giving away being worth about £1,000.”
The Hebburn soldier, stationed with The King’s Troop, in Woolwich, London, added: “I’m from Hebburn and this is a very good cause.
“The event has been organised by Mitchy Tich Tyne and Wear, which is a babies’ yoga group.”
Kian Musgrove’s parents, Sam Gordon, 25, originally from Jarrow, and Kat Musgrove, 26, from Newcastle, are aiming to raise £250,000 to meet the cost of any relapse treatment for their son.
Staff and customers at The Lakeside pub, near Fellgate, Jarrow, recently raised £4,000 for Kian after staging a fun day.