A FUNDRAISING night is to be held in memory of a South Tyneside teen who was ‘one in a million’.
Mitchell Robinson passed away in November after spending most of his life in and out of hospital with a range of medical issues.
The 15-year-old, from South Shields, was one of only six people in the world diagnosed with a gene mutation called Adenosine deaminase (ADA) and he was in need of his second liver transplant, plus a bone marrow transplant.
A charity night is now being organised to raise cash to provide accommodation for families while their poorly youngsters are in hospital.
The idea came from Mitchell’s parents, Sharon and David Robinson, and sisters Sherri, 22, and Lily, nine.
Family friend Adele Lawson, who is organising the event, said: “We thought it would be fitting if we could raise funds for a cause which meant something to Mitchell’s family.
“They want it to be used by families who need accommodation while their child is in hospital, because they know first-hand how hard it can be to have a youngster in hospital and need to be close by.
“Sometimes families have to travel to hospitals across the country, so the cash will go to help people in situations like that, and hopefully try to make things just that little bit easier.”
Mitchell battled his way through a series of health problems after a stroke when he was 18 months old.
He was diagnosed with Evans syndrome – an auto-immune disease which destroys red blood cells – at the age of four, and had an operation to remove his spleen in 2006.
His family were told he needed a new liver after being diagnosed with hepatopulmonary syndrome, a rare liver condition, in January 2008. That same year Mitchell was the Pride of South Tyneside Awards’ Child Of Courage winner for his bravery.
Despite all his problems, the Year 11 student always tried to turn up at Mortimer Community College in South Shields, and loved going to the after-school graffiti art club.
The fundraiser will be held on Friday, January 17, at Harton and Westoe Miners’ Welfare in Low Lane, South Shields, from 7pm.
Tickets will cost £3 and are available from Ms Lawson’s business, Elite Tanning and Beauty in Stanhope Road, and Mr Robinson’s workplace, Whitehall Garage in Whitehall Street, both South Shields.
The evening will include raffles, a disco and a buffet.
Ms Lawson said: “We are expecting the night to be very well-attended, as Mitchell was such a popular boy and very well-liked.
“He was one in a million and is missed very much by everyone.”