Cash drive for sick Sunderland tot Chloe is bringing results

Craig Bowser with his daughter Chloe and Dawn Elliott Health Care Assistant with some of the equipment bought for Sunderland Royal Hospital from money raised by Craig and partner Francesca Gray, family and friends.
Craig Bowser with his daughter Chloe and Dawn Elliott Health Care Assistant with some of the equipment bought for Sunderland Royal Hospital from money raised by Craig and partner Francesca Gray, family and friends.
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PARENTS of sick Chloe Gray are giving something back to the medics who save their daughter’s life on a weekly basis.

Determined to thank doctors and nurses at Sunderland Royal Hospital, Francesca Gray and Craig Bowser put their worries to one side to set off on a fund-raising drive.

The couple, parents to 15-month-old Chloe who suffers from life-threatening Diamond Blackfan Anaemia, have held a charity night, with Craig, 28, using his DJ skills to entertain the crowd.

Guests were invited to wear fancy dress, charged £2.50 on the door and urged to take part in a raffle.

Francesca, 20, also set up a Justgiving donation web page, which helped boost the funds to more than £1,000.

The cash raised went to the Children’s Ward at Sunderland Royal Hospital, which Chloe regularly attends for blood transfusions to keep her alive.

The money has been used to buy toys for youngsters to play with while in hospital, as well as new equipment to be used on the ward.

Francesca, of Plains Farm, said: “The hospital and all of the staff there have been absolutely amazing with us and Chloe so we wanted to do something to thank them and to give something back.

“The work that goes on in there every day is unbelievable. Everyone does such a fantastic job and we’re both really grateful.”

The remainder of the money will be used to buy a portable DVD player to be used to show parents whose children have a special condition how to deal with it.

After the fund-raiser, a further £2,000 was donated by a relative, which will go to the Diamond Blackfan Anaemia Foundation to carry out research into finding a cure for the devastating blood disorder.

Francesca and Craig, also parents to Millie, four, are planning another charity event to raise more cash for the good causes.

They are organising a waxing evening and are challenging Wearside men to get rid of their body hair for charity.

The couple are currently looking for a venue willing to hold the event, which they hope will take place in about four weeks time.

Anyone interested should phone Marissa Carruthers on 501 7147.

Where to give blood

Save a life and give blood at one of these sessions:

September 19: Red Lion, Front Street, Chester-le-Street, from 2.30pm to 3.45pm and 4.30pm to 7pm.

September 20: Holy Rosary Church Hall, Arbroath Road, Sunderland, from 2.30pm to 3.45pm and 4.30pm to 7pm.

September 21: Burn Park Methodist Church, Sunderland, from 2.30pm to 3.45pm and 4.30pm to 7pm.

September 23: Belmont Community Centre, Durham, from 2.30pm to 3.45pm and 4.30pm to 7pm.

September 26: Red Lion, Front Street, Chester-le-Street, from 2.30pm to 3.45pm and 4.30pm and 7pm.