We are very excited to welcome the Charlie Cookson Foundation as our latest beneficiary. Over the last few weeks we have been working closely together to prepare for today’s launch and have been inspired by the courage, generosity and drive of Charlie’s family and friends to help as many families as they can. The Foundation provides financial support for parents caring 24/7 for their seriously ill children and have helped over 50 families since it was created in 2013. We are delighted to welcome them into our lottery family and to help provide regular and valuable income to help as many families as possible when they need it most.
Charlie Cookson received regular hospital treatment for muscle and bone problems before also suffering from a blood disorder. In early 2012, scans also revealed that Charlie had epilepsy. He was later awarded the South Tyneside Child of Courage Award in April 2013, before passing away on 29th October 2013. His parents Sarah and Christopher Cookson had to reduce their working hours to care for Charlie full-time and know only too well how difficult it can be coping with the stresses and strains of everyday life on top of caring for a seriously ill child. They set up the Charlie Cookson Foundation in his honour. It provides help towards the financial burden of essential nursing facilities, bills, rent and other monetary difficulties which arise from full-time care.
Chris and Sarah, Charlie’s parents and the founders of the charity, explain: “When your child is born, the last thing you want to hear from a Consultant or Doctor is that your child won’t live a long life. We’ve now supported 53 families with up to £3,000 each, and we’ve seen the Foundation grow from our breakfast bar table to now have a shop in South Shields Town Centre and one down at the Community Centre.
“We are absolutely delighted that Your Charity Lottery will be working with the Foundation. We’re so grateful for the incredible support that we have from the local community, but our work is done all over the country, so to have support from outside of South Shields too means so much.”
The Foundation also offers financial support to families after bereavement, recognising the difficulty of many situations in which families are forced to vacate the housing they have been provided with just two weeks after their child passing.
Just over 100 players together could provide financial support for one family for up to 3 months. Could you be one of them? To join click here.