Shoppers raise hundreds to help Charlie Cookson Foundation

Charlie Cookson Foundation  Sarah Cookson and Chris Cookson receive funds from Simonside Sainsbury's staff from left John Hall, Laura Bracewell and Michael Lawrence
Charlie Cookson Foundation Sarah Cookson and Chris Cookson receive funds from Simonside Sainsbury's staff from left John Hall, Laura Bracewell and Michael Lawrence

Kindhearted customers have been helping a South Tyneside charity make a difference.

For the last few months Sainsbury’s in Binchester Street, Simonside, has been selling merchandise for the Charlie Cookson Foundation (CCF).

Shoppers have been making donations to buy the items, including badges and bracelets, which were placed at the tills.

In total £500 has been rased by the store and a cheque was handed over to Chris and Sarah Cookson, who launched the charity in memory of their son Charlie, who passed away in 2013, aged just two, after suffering from numerous medical conditions.

Sarah from Simonside, South Shields, said: “We are delighted with the amazing support we have received from the staff at Sainsbury’s in Simonside and the customers who have visited the store,

“This is our local branch and we used to enjoy taking Charlie there when he was well.

“The £500 they have raised is a brilliant amount to go towards funding our CCF families.”

The CCF helps families who have youngsters with life limiting conditions.

They use the cash they raise to pay a family’s bills for three months to try and make their lives easier.

So far the charity has helped 19 families across the UK.

Sarah added: “We know at first hand how it can be trying to manage.

“So that’s what the foundation is all about, trying to make lives just that little bit easier for families who are already going through tough times.”