Foundation set up in memory of brave South Shields youngster to hold charity ball

Charlie Cookson, whose memory lives on through the charity set up in his name.
Charlie Cookson, whose memory lives on through the charity set up in his name.

A foundation set up in memory of a brave South Tyneside youngster is to celebrate its achievements to date as it continues to help poorly children.

The Charlie Cookson Foundation was set up four years ago after the tragic death of two-and-a-half-year-old Charlie, from Simonside, South Shields.

This event is expected to be the best yet

Joanne Nicholson

Charlie spent much of his short life in hospital battling a host of health problems, and died in October 2013.

Each year, the foundation holds a charity ball around the date of Charlie’s memory, and this year’s event will take place at the Hilton Hotel, in Gateshead, on Saturday, October 28.

The foundation has used a £4,500 grant from Hays Travel Foundation to fund the ball. Jason Isaacs and his Big Band, as well as Britain’s Got Talent star Jamie Lee Harrison, are among those who will perform.

Joanne Nicholson, fundraising and events manager at the Charlie Cookson Foundation, said: “Last year’s event was a huge success.

“The atmosphere certainly had the ‘Charlie effect’ with all of the more than 200 guests having a great evening and raising an outstanding total of £10,259.49 in the process. This event is expected to be the best yet.

“With great thanks to the generosity of The Hays Foundation, we have been able to push the boundaries of this year’s ball.”

The foundation is hoping to raise £6,000. The funds directly pay the financial burdens of parents who care for a sick child who is suffering a life-limiting condition.

The event starts at 6pm, with tickets costing £40, and corporate tables available at £500 for 10 people. To buy a ticket, call (0191) 4661428 or email contact@charliecooksonfoundation.co.uk.