Pirate party at the double for charities

FUN TIMES ... Charlie Cookson Foundation founder Christopher Cookson, trustee Daniel Whale and Cancer Connections' Deborah Roberts launch their Easter Pirate Party.
FUN TIMES ... Charlie Cookson Foundation founder Christopher Cookson, trustee Daniel Whale and Cancer Connections' Deborah Roberts launch their Easter Pirate Party.

A PIRATE party will be double the fun as two South Tyneside charities team up to boost their funds.

The Charlie Cookson Foundation (CCF) and Cancer Connections are planning a seafaring party next month.

The two charities, which are both based in South Shields, decided to double up when Colin Fortune, who performs as Captain Jack, asked if he could hold an event to benefit both of them.

Sarah Cookson, from Simonside, who runs CCF – a charity set up in memory of her son Charlie, who died aged two, in 2013, and which provides finical help for youngsters with life-limiting conditions – said: “The foundation felt honoured when Colin approached us asking if he could hold an event in aid of Cancer Connections and ourselves.

“Immediately we saw this as an amazing opportunity to bring together so many supporters in South Tyneside who support two charities that touch their hearts.

“We are looking forward to what will be a great day, seeing everyone have a lot of fun and working alongside a fantastic charity that has helped so many.” The party will be held on Saturday, March 28 at the Wellness @ Harton Centre, off Lisle Road, South Shields, from 1pm to 3pm.

There will be face painting, games, a bouncy castle, a DJ, and a prize for the best fancy dress pirate or bunny.

Deborah Roberts, one of the founders of Cancer Connections, which provides support for sufferers and their families, is also delighted with the team effort.

She said: “This is a brilliant opportunity for both charities to come together and organise a fun even in the community thanks to Colin.

“We’re very much looking forward to the party and hope lots of people come along to show their support and have plenty of fun.”

Tickets cost £3 and are available from Cookies Corner based at Perth Green Community Association in Inverness Road, Jarrow.

Also from Cancer Connections’ base in Harton Lane, or by visiting the Charlie Cookson Foundation page on Facebook.

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