STAFF at a major supermarket chain in South Tyneside have vowed to spend the next year raising money for a fund in memory of tragic youngster Charlie Cookson.
Sainsbury’s stores in Harton Nook and Simonside, both South Shields, have chosen the Charlie Cookson Foundation (CCF) as its charity of the year.
The foundation was set up by parents Chris and Sarah Cookson, in memory of their brave son, to support the families of children with life-limiting illnesses.
Charlie died last October aged two after spending most of his life in hospital battling a mystery illness which caused conditions including epilepsy, meningitis and septicaemia.
Both stores will be selling CCF merchandise, including wristbands and badges, and hosting fundraising events to help the charity continue its work.
Mrs Cookson, 37, of Simonside, South Shields, said: “We actually can’t believe how well this year is going. We are going from strength to strength and we are continuing to fundraise to help make a difference to those families with ill children who need financial support.
“With Sainsbury’s now backing us, it will enable us to spread further awareness of what we do and help us make a huge step towards the goals we have set for ourselves and the charity.”
Ian Coates, manager of the Harton Nook store, said: “When Sarah came in to make her presentation, we were really impressed by how devoted she is to the foundation.
“We thought it was a fantastic charity to support and we’re looking forward to raising money to help them help families in need.”