Families unite for Sunderland lass Chloe

Chloe jenkins with, from left, Tracy Wade of Hope4Kidz, Chloe's mum Beverley and Joanne Kerrigan of Arriva.
Chloe jenkins with, from left, Tracy Wade of Hope4Kidz, Chloe's mum Beverley and Joanne Kerrigan of Arriva.
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FAMILIES are coming together to raise funds for a disabled youngster.

Chloe Jenkins, who has cerebral palsy and dystonia, finds it difficult to join family trips because of mobility problems.

But the three-year-old, from Castletown, hopes a new appeal will help raise £3,000 to buy a specially-designed tandem buggy.

The equipment will allow her to accompany her mum, sister and brothers on regular visits to the shops, park and playground.

Now a fund-raising event has been organised at Hepworth and Grandage Club, North Hylton Road.

The family night will feature Peppa Pig lookalike, karaoke and disco.

Pennywell charity Hope4Kidz is spearheading the appeal.

Viv Watts from the group the said: “Chloe is a happy, delightful little princess who copes with her problems on a daily basis.

“We would be grateful for any offers of fund-raising towards purchasing the specialist tandem buggy or attending the family night.”

The fund was recently handed £200 by Wearside-based travel firm Arriva, bringing the total raised so far to £720.

Joanne Kerrigan, European transport operator with the firm, said: “We are happy that our donation will bring them a step closer to their target, and hope it will encourage more people to support the fantastic fund-raising efforts by Chloe’s family, friends and Hope4Kidz.”

Chloe’s mum Beverley Armstrong, 31, said the buggy would make a “massive difference” to her family.

The fund-raiser at Hepworth and Grandage takes place on Friday at 7pm. Tickets are £5.

For details or to join the appeal, call 534 7788 or email vivien.watts@hope4kidz.org.uk.