Grateful South Shields mum’s fun day will help Sunderland hospital which saved her twins’ lives

A delighted mum has praised the people of South Tyneside for supporting her plans for a charity event.

More than 100 people got in touch with Kirsty Robertson, 23, after the Gazette told how she was organising a fundraising family fun day to be held at South Shields and Westoe Cricket Club tomorrow, from 1pm to 4pm.

I have got more than 100 people who have confirmed they are going

Kirsty Robertson

Grateful Kirsty is raising money for the neo-natal unit at Sunderland Royal Hospital after it saved their lives of her twin sons John and Cory Speeding.

The people of South Tyneside read how the twins were born two months premature weighing less than 3lb each and spent more than ten weeks at Sunderland Royal.

It prompted Kirsty to organise her own event to say thank you.

Attractions at tomorrow’s funday will include a bouncy castle, candy carts, hook a duck, and an assault course. There will also be a bunjee run, bouncy slide, face painting, tombola, and children’s entertainer.

South Shields woman Kirsty said: “I have already got more than 100 people who have confirmed they are coming to the funday. We are all sorted for the event.”

After a 16-hour labour, John came into the world at 4.18am on July 5 last year weighing a mere 2lb 10ozs. Thirty six minutes later, Cory was born and weighed the same. But it would be ten and a half weeks before the twins would leave Sunderland Royal.

Admission is 50p for adults with children free.

There’s a small charge for the attractions after that or people can pay for a wristband to cover them all at £7.

For details, contact Kirsty on 07494 801237 or visit her Go Fund Me page at