A LADIES’ night organised by a South Tyneside mum got a boost from the boys to help raise awareness of a one-in-50,000 illness that affects her young son.
Danielle Johnsen, 32, has already raised nearly £800 to aid research into nephrotic syndrome, a kidney condition which three-year-old Robbie Naughton was diagnosed with aged just 20 months.
The syndrome occurs when the kidneys leak large amounts of protein, causing problems such as swelling of body tissues and a higher vulnerability to infections.
Little Robbie was dignosed when his mum took him to South Tyneside District Hospital after he ‘swelled up like the Michelin man’.
Robbie requires regular steroid medication to keep the syndrome under control, which can cause mood swings, and his protein levels must be checked daily.
Danielle was so determined to raise cash and awareness that she organised a ladies’ night at the Simonside Arms for the Nephrotic Syndrome Trust.
But the girls-only policy was scrapped as her 16-year-old son Brett Johnsen and her nephews Ian Naughton, Dominic Connolly and their pal Mark Moran agreed to have legs and chest waxes for a good cause.
A tombola and a host of raffle prizes, including winning a free MoT, photoshoots, tattoos and hair extensions – kept the money rolling in.
Danielle, a mum-of-four from Inverness Road, Jarrow, said: “It was fantastic. I got a lot of support from my family and I’m very proud of my first charity night.
“We have raised £777 and there is still more to collect.
“Robbie even made an appearance on the night.
“I am hoping to do more for the charity in the future.
“I would like to thank everyone for coming along, the place was packed, and everyone who donated raffle prizes.”
n For more information on the Nephrotic Syndrome Trust, visit www.nstrust.co.uk/