Charlie and Carter Foundation to host fundraising event to help families of seriously ill children
A charity which supports the families of seriously ill children is appealing for support to stage an annual fundraising event.
The Charlie and Carter Foundation is run in the name of two brothers from South Shields – Charlie and Carter Cookson – who lost their lives at the ages of just two-and-a-half and 25 days respectively.
It was founded by their parents, Sarah and Chris Cookson, in 2013 after they lost Charlie following a long battle against a series of medical conditions.
The couple tragically lost Carter in January this year after he was born with a heart defect and no donor could be found.
Following that tragedy, the The Charlie Cookson Foundation was renamed The Charlie and Carter Foundation, in recognition of both brothers.
The foundation provides financial support to the families of children and, so far, has supported 65 inspirational families at a cost of £199,213.90.
They are now looking to raise cash to support even more at the 6th Anniversary Ball at the Hilton Hotel, Gateshead, on October 26.
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Kimberley Richardson, charity administrator for the Foundation, said: “By supporting these families, we are allowing parents to care for their seriously ill child when it is needed most. We help to relieve some of the financial constraints and additional burdens of day to day bills which often mean some parents having to continue to work, causing them to miss precious moments with their brave child who will sadly only live a short life.
“Our Anniversary Balls have been truly amazing but this year is going to even more special as the first Charlie and Carter Foundation event.
“We are asking for donations that we can raffle or auction on the night – vouchers, experiences, items, memorabilia... anything!
“Every single donation, no matter the size, goes a long way to helping us support families in need.”
“Last year’s event raised £17,908.00 in the name of Charlie. This year we would love to raise even more in the name and honour of both beautiful brothers.”
If you can help, call Kimberley 0191 466 1428, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call at the Foundation’s shop in the Denmark Centre, South Shields.