A CHARITY which was launched in memory of a brave South Tyneside youngster who lost his fight for life, has helped its first family.
The Charlie Cookson Foundation was set up in honour of the two-year-old who died last October after spending his life battling a mystery condition.
Scores of loved ones and people in South Tyneside raised thousands of pounds to help the youngster during his short life and his parents Sarah and Chris Cookson, from Simonside, South Shields, have decided to continue their fundraising plight to help others.
This week they have been able to give their first donation to the family of 22-month-old Paige Evans, from Hartlepool, who has a catalogue of medical problems including cerebral palsy, hearing loss and blindness.
Her parents Beth Tait and Paul Evans have had to relocate to Sunderland because of the medical treatment she needs at Sunderland Royal Hospital and will have all of their bills, including fuel and food, paid for the next three months.
Sarah, 37, said: “Paige relies on her parents and they have both had to give up work to become her full-time carers.
“They have been through a great deal of worry and heartache, so it’s is an absolute pleasure to help this brave and inspirational family. They really do need a break.”
She added: “We also want to thank all of our supporters and fundraisers who continue all of their hard work which enables us to make a difference to the lives of others like this.”