YOUNGSTERS and their parents are being invited to fun-filled coffee mornings to help raise cash for a South Tyneside charity.
Every Wednesday throughout the school holidays the Charlie Cookson Foundation will be at Opal Lounge in South Shields hosting a ‘Mamma and Babba’ event.
From 10am to noon, little ones will be able to take part in activities, including colouring, while their parents get the chance to mingle.
There will also be visits from the Cookie Monster, the charity’s mascot, and various other children’s characters.
Last Wednesday’s event saw £196 raised, which will go towards helping the charity financially support families who have children with life-limiting conditions.
Sarah and Chris Cookson, set up the foundation in memory of their son Charlie, who died last October aged two.
The tot spent most of his short life in hospital battling a range of medical conditions – including meningitis, epilepsy and septicaemia – as doctors tried to diagnose his mystery condition.
Sarah, from Simonside, South Shields, said: “I always take a moment to stop and watch all the children play, and think about our Charlie watching them. It does bring a lump to my throat but also warms my heart when I hear children talk about him as their angel in the sky.
“I’d like to thank everyone for their continuous support, you are all helping us help inspirational families feel the relief from their financial burdens so they can focus 100 per cent on their sick child”