Cousins prepare for Great North Run events in memory of South Shields youngster

Getting set for the GNR events - L-R Ava, Sam, Isla and Oscar
Getting set for the GNR events - L-R Ava, Sam, Isla and Oscar

A group of young cousins will put their best foot forward for a good cause launched in honour of a South Tyneside youngster.

Oscar Moore, 10, will be taking part in tomorrow’s Junior Great North Run raising funds for the Charlie Cookson Foundation.

We wanted to support a local charity

Rachel Tracey

The foundation provides financial support to the parents of seriously ill children with life limiting conditions requiring 24 hour nursing care of specialist nursing facilities.

It will be the second time the schoolboy has taken part in the run to raise funds for the foundation.

His sister Ava, six, will also be taking part in her second Great North Run event when she steps onto the starting line of the mini run.

This year, she will be joined by her younger sister Isla, three and their cousin Sam Tracey, also three.

Sam’s mum Rachel who is also auntie to Oscar, Ava and Isla, said: “Oscar and Ava both ran for the Charlie Cookson Foundation last year and really enjoyed taking part in the event.

“This year, both Isla and Sam are old enough to also take part.

“Both myself and my sister Alison decided to choose the Charlie Cookson Foundation again for the kids to raise funds for as we wanted to support a local charity which we believe do a fantastic job in what they do to support families.”

The Charlie Cookson Foundation was launched in 2013 by Sarah and Christopher Cookson who experienced first hand the financial strains of caring for a seriously ill child.

Their son Charlie spent much of his short life in hospital battling a condition which remained a mystery to doctors who treated him for a number of health problems while attempting to diagnose his exact condition.

Charlie, from Simonside, South Shields lost his battle with life, aged two, in 2013.

The couple set up the Charlie Cookson Foundation in his honour to offer financial support to families of children with serious illnesses in his honour.

To sponsor Oscar, Ava, Isla and Sam visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/oscar-ava-isla-and-sam