Evening in honour of toddler a shining success

Hoping for a great turn-out at the forthcoming charity night at Peterlee's hearts of Oak are John Wilson, Barry Simpson with son Oliver, Caroline Simpson, Rosie Tough and Emma Wilson.
Hoping for a great turn-out at the forthcoming charity night at Peterlee's hearts of Oak are John Wilson, Barry Simpson with son Oliver, Caroline Simpson, Rosie Tough and Emma Wilson.
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A NIGHT held in memory of a toddler has raised thousands to help other families as they deal with devastation of losing a child.

Two-year-old Kayleigh Cordiner died in the arms of her parents Anna and Jonathan two years ago after she was diagnosed with a rare brain tumour.

He family decided to launch Kayleigh’s Wee Stars as they made her last months as special as possible and are continuing to help others as they deal with the difficulties of caring for a child with a terminal illness.

Peterlee couples Caroline Simpson, 32, and husband Barry, 30, and Emma Wilson, 31, and husband John, 32, who are friends of Anna, 31, a former Shotton Hall pupil who now teaches in Aberdeen, held a night of entertainment in her home town.

Hosted at the Hearts of Oak pub, the event raised £2,000, with an extra £1,000 added through donations and a parachute jump by Stephen Foster, Caroline’s brother.

It is hoped the total will top £4,000 when all cash is collected. Thanks was sent to those who supported the event.

Caroline said: “We are absolutely over the moon with the money raised.

“The support we have had from family, friends and local businesses is overwhelming.”