Date set for Cookson charity’s annual trek

People are being urged to put their best foot forward to help families caring for seriously ill youngsters.

By Lisa Nightingale
Friday, 8th February 2019, 2:35 pm
Updated Saturday, 9th February 2019, 9:35 am
Charlie Cookson
Charlie Cookson

The annual Charlie Cookson trek will take place on June 20.

The route will see people walk from the Stadium of Light in Sunderland to St James’ Park in Newcastle via Boldon and Gateshead.

Carter Cookson

The 14-mile walk will include stop-offs along the way where people can take a breather and refuel with a snack and refreshments.

Last year’s event saw 50 supporters of the charity take part - raising just over £5,000 for the organisation created by Sarah and Chris Cookson in memory of their son Charlie.

The youngster died in 2013 aged two when he lost a lifelong struggle against a series of mystery health problems.

Tragically, the couple’s second son Carter lost his fight for life, last month, after a donor heart could not be in time for a life-saving transplant.

The walk will also raise awareness of organ donation - a cause the couple feel passionately about.

Joanne Nicholson, fundraising and events manager for the foundation said: “It’s always such a great atmosphere.

“We have such a wide variety of ages taking part, last year our youngest was seven years old while our oldest was 70 and each year our numbers increase.

“As well as raising money for the foundation, we will also be hoping to raise awareness of organ donation and people becoming organ donors.”

The walk is open to people of all ages, those under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

In previous years, the walk has attracted families who have been supported by the charity.

To register to take part call into the Charlie Cookson shop on Fowler Street or email Joanne on [email protected]