South Shields boy who battled cancer urges people to raid wardrobes for charity appeal

Harrison Cochrane with mum Claire is backing this year's TK Maxxs Give Up Clothes for Good campaign.
Harrison Cochrane with mum Claire is backing this year's TK Maxxs Give Up Clothes for Good campaign.

A boy from South Tyneside who survived cancer is urging others to clear out their wardrobes this month to raise money and fund research into children’s cancers.

Harrison Cochrane, eight, who has been successfully treated for Hodgkins Lymphoma, is supporting TK Maxx’s Give Up Clothes for Good campaign in support of Cancer Research UK Kids & Teens.

The Westoe Crown Primary School pupil, who returns to class next week after the summer holiday, is calling on people to donate clothing, accessories and homeware they no longer need to their nearest TK Maxx store to help children just like him.

In December 2014 Harrison, of River Drive, South Shields, was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma, a type of cancer of the lymphatic system, a year after first getting ill and suffering seizures and weight loss.

Claire, wife to Pete, Harrison’s dad, said: “We only realised when Harrison was diagnosed how little we knew about cancer.

“He was part of a clinical trial to test new treatment options for poorly children like him, but we couldn’t understand why there wasn’t a drug already tried and tested that he could be given.

“Only later as his treatment progressed did we learn the importance of research and trials and how without them treatment options would be limited.”

Harrison is now in remission.

Claire added: “You don’t understand the impact of cancer until you’ve been through it. We’ve just been told his appointments can move to six monthly which is great, but this is another adjustment we’ll have to get used to.”

Each bag donated as part of Give up Clothes for Good could raise up to £30 when sold in Cancer Research UK stores.

The money raised will help fund research to find new treatments for children and young people with cancer.