Charlie Cookson Foundation appeals for volunteers after securing South Shields base

Chris and Sarah Cookson outside of their charity's office in South Shields.
Chris and Sarah Cookson outside of their charity's office in South Shields.

A South Tyneside charity is putting down roots after moving into its first proper home.

The Charlie Cookson Foundation has opened an office at South Shields Business Works, in Henry Robson Way, South Shields.

Charlie Cookson.

Charlie Cookson.

The charity was launched in memory of Charlie after his death in 2013 at the age of two from a mystery medical condition. It helps the families of youngsters with life-limiting conditions.

Since November 2013, the organisation has assisted 15 families by paying their bills for three months apiece.

Parents Sarah and Chris Cookson used to operate the charity from their home in Simonside, South Shields, but they were running out of space.

Sarah said: “Every milestone we achieve comes with so much emotion, and we strive to achieve further because of our Charlie.

Our aim is to be recognised as one of the UK’s leading charities.

Sarah Cookson, Charlie’s mum, said

“His strength and determination are our engine, as, of course, are our foundation families in desperate need of our help. Since November 2013, we have helped 15 families. This involves a great deal of work.

“Behind the scenes, there’s the files, the paperwork, the time spent on laptops, printing, phone calls, filing, researching, petitions, banking – the list is endless.

“All of our trustees and volunteers work very hard driving us forward, and this is after they have done a day’s work of their own.

“Having our own office space and meeting place will allow us to bring on new volunteers to help us and gain work experience of their own.

“To ensure our foundation is run to its maximum potential and beyond, we need a base. This is a huge step for us on that ladder.

“Our aim is to be recognised as one of the UK’s leading charities, as no other charity does what we do.”

The foundation is looking for volunteers to join its admin team. It also needs office equipment, stationery and items to sell at its shop at Perth Green Community Association in Jarrow.

To oblige, call the charity on 07834 545804.

or e-mail charliecookson@hotmail.co.uk