South Shields store staff raise £3,000 in memory of tragic Charlie

Staff from the Sainsbury's store in South Shields hand over the cheque to the Charlie Cookson Foundation.
Staff from the Sainsbury's store in South Shields hand over the cheque to the Charlie Cookson Foundation.

Staff at a supermarket chain in South Tyneside have raised almost £3,000 in memory of tragic youngster Charlie Cookson as part of a year-long campaign.

The Sainsbury’s store in Prince Edward Road, South Shields, nominated the Charlie Cookson Foundation as its charity of the year last summer.

Sainsbury’s have been really supportive of us, and we’ve been delighted with how things have gone over the last year and the amount of money that has been raised.

Sarah Cookson

The foundation was set up by parents Chris and Sarah Cookson, in memory of their son Charlie, who died aged two in October 2013.

Charlie spent most of his life in hospital battling a mystery illness, which caused conditions including epilepsy, meningitis and septicaemia, and the charity set up in his name supports the families of children with life-limiting illnesses.

Numerous events have taken place over the last year at Sainsbury’s to raise money for the charity, and on Saturday a cheque for £2730.28 was handed over.

Mrs Cookson, of Simonside, South Shields, said: “We were over the moon last year when we found out we had been nominated as the chosen charity.

“Lots of fundraising events have taken place over the last year, including bag packs and tombolas.

“Sainsbury’s have been really supportive of us, and we’ve been delighted with how things have gone over the last year and the amount of money that has been raised.

“We’d like to say a big thank you to them for all of their efforts, as the funds raised are vital and will go a long way.”

Store manager Wendy Conn, said: “Thanks to the generosity of customers and colleagues, and various fundraising events, an impressive amount of money was raised for a very worthwhile cause.”