Isaac inspires family’s festive fundraiser

CAMPAIGNING MUM ... Joanne Graham with husband Alex and sons Isaac, front, and Noah.
CAMPAIGNING MUM ... Joanne Graham with husband Alex and sons Isaac, front, and Noah.

A CAMPAIGNING mum, whose son underwent surgery at just four months old, has thanked people in South Tyneside for the ‘fantastic’ support they gave to a charity event.

Proud parents Joanne and Alex Graham enjoyed a wonderful family Christmas with tots Noah, two, and five-month old Isaac, who was born with a cleft lip in July.

The baby boy has made an excellent recovery but Mrs Graham launched a mission to raise awareness of the condition and help a charity that gave her family vital support.

A charity concert was held at the People’s Mission Church, in Baring Street, South Shields, with £300 collected in aid of the Cleft Lip and Palate Association.

Mrs Graham, 30, of Dykelands Way, Jarrow, also has a regular column in Prima Baby magazine highlighting the condition and is aiming to organise a number of fundraising events in the New Year.

Isaac, born on July 1 with a cleft lip and a gap in his upper gum, had an operation in November to repair the problem and is now on the road to recovery.

The condition can also lead to hearing difficulties and speech problems and he is scheduled to have a bone graft operation at around the age of eight to repair the gap in his gum.

His parents are thankful for the support of staff at the Royal Victoria Infirmary, in Newcastle and the Cleft Lip and Palate Association - as well as the Christmas spirit of friends at the Peopl’s Mission Church.

Mrs Graham said: “It is fantastic that so much money was raised on the night. It will make a real difference to a small charity. We are very grateful to the church for doing the concert for the charity and for everyone who gave money.

“We are hoping to do more fundraising events next year.

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