Skateboarding fans in South Tyneside are aiming to roll to fundraising success to help with the costs of a youngster’s cancer treatment.
George Simpson, owner of the Override skatepark, is opening up his venue to host 48 hours of skateboarding fun this weekend after being touched by the plight of little Kian Musgrove.
The two-year-old, from Newcastle and who has relatives in Southy Tyneside, is diagnosed with life-threatening Neuroblastoma.
He was first diagnosed with stage four of the disease in October 2013, but after medical treatment, the cancer was no longer detectable. However, his family were told there was an 80 per cent chance it could return.
Last month, their worst fears were realised when traces of the killer disease was found on scans.
They now face the prospect of having to raise £500,000 for specialist relapse treatment only available in America.
Mr Simpson who runs the skatepark at Unit 8a, Shaftesbury Avenue, said: “After reading about little Kian we just felt compelled to help to raise money for his fund.
“We have had lots of help from local businesses including Taylor Wimpey, KB Tyres and Barbour’s and a Crisp scooter donated to us to raffle from the company.
”The overnighters are something we do from time to time and we bring in pizza and watch BMX DVDs, so we thought we would do one but this time raise funds for Kian.
“A number of our riders have been raising money themselves for the cause – it really has been an amazing response.”
Doors to the fundraising event will open at 7pm today with the venue open non-stop until Sunday.
Normal override sessions will also be on for those not wanting to take part in the over night sessions.
The event is open to anyone over the age of eight – however parental consent will be needed for young people wanting to stay overnight.
For information on sessions and overnight prices, contact the venue at Unit 8a, Shaftesbury Avenue, South Shields, on 0191 420 8156.