Family throws charity fun day to thank hospital unit which saved twins lives

Grateful parents Kirsty and John Speeding organised a fun day was held at the Shields and Westoe Club to raise cash to aid Sunderland Royal Hospital, which helped save their twin babies Cory and John, who are now aged 14 months. Mister Shake the clown entertains the children at the event.
Grateful parents Kirsty and John Speeding organised a fun day was held at the Shields and Westoe Club to raise cash to aid Sunderland Royal Hospital, which helped save their twin babies Cory and John, who are now aged 14 months. Mister Shake the clown entertains the children at the event.
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Clowns, bouncy castles and loads of fun made up the perfect recipe for a charity fun day in South Shields.

Thanks to Kirsty Robertson, South Shields and Westoe Cricket Club was a hive of activity on Sunday.

Grateful parents Kirsty and John Speeding organised a fun day was held at the Shields and Westoe Club to raise cash to aid Sunderland Royal Hospital, which helped save their twin babies Cory and John, who are now aged 14 months. On the slide were Carl Short and his two-year-old daughter Emily.

Grateful parents Kirsty and John Speeding organised a fun day was held at the Shields and Westoe Club to raise cash to aid Sunderland Royal Hospital, which helped save their twin babies Cory and John, who are now aged 14 months. On the slide were Carl Short and his two-year-old daughter Emily.

It was the venue for a charity event to raise money for the neo-natal unit at Sunderland Royal Hospital after it saved the lives of her twin sons John and Cory Speeding.

Kirsty organised her own event to say thank you to the hospital and she organised everything from a bouncy castle to candy carts, and hook a duck to an assault course.

A bungee run, bouncy slide, face painting, tombola, and children’s entertainer also added to the fun. It all meant funds were raised for the worthy cause and it saw the people of South Tyneside turn out for a great day.

The twins were born two months premature weighing less than 3lb each, and spent more than two months at Sunderland Royal.

Grateful parents Kirsty and John Speeding organised a fun day was held at the Shields and Westoe Club to raise cash to aid Sunderland Royal Hospital, which helped save their twin babies Cory (left) and John, who are now aged 14 months.

Grateful parents Kirsty and John Speeding organised a fun day was held at the Shields and Westoe Club to raise cash to aid Sunderland Royal Hospital, which helped save their twin babies Cory (left) and John, who are now aged 14 months.

After a 16-hour labour, John came into the world at 4.18am on July 5 last year weighing a mere 2lb 10ozs. Thirty six minutes later, Cory was born and weighed the same.

Kirsty previously told the Gazette: “I don’t think I could have got through without their support. Words cannot describe what they did.”

Kirsty’s pregnancy had gone smoothly until seven months in. She noticed water trickling down her leg. She thought it might just be the pressure of her unborn babies pressing on her, but as a precaution, she rang the South Shields hospital delivery suite for advice and was told to come in to be checked.

She said previously: “A doctor examined me and said ‘your waters have broken’. I was sent to Sunderland under blue lights and that’s when it all started.”

Grateful parents Kirsty and John Speeding organised a fun day was held at the Shields and Westoe Club to raise cash to aid Sunderland Royal Hospital, which helped save their twin babies Cory and John, who are now aged 14 months. Mister Shake the clown entertains the children at the event.

Grateful parents Kirsty and John Speeding organised a fun day was held at the Shields and Westoe Club to raise cash to aid Sunderland Royal Hospital, which helped save their twin babies Cory and John, who are now aged 14 months. Mister Shake the clown entertains the children at the event.

Kirsty was told there was a 15 per cent chance her babies might not survive because they were so premature.

But after ten and a half weeks of treatment, the twins left Sunderland Royal, to the delight of Kirsty and partner John Speeding, 22.

Those who would still like to support the cause should visit the Go Fund Me page at gofundme.com/6v2cezjr.

Grateful parents Kirsty and John Speeding organised a fun day was held at the Shields and Westoe Club to raise cash to aid Sunderland Royal Hospital, which helped save their twin babies Cory and John, who are now aged 14 months. Revving up to help with the fundraising by selling some of his toy cars was Scott Brown, aged 13.

Grateful parents Kirsty and John Speeding organised a fun day was held at the Shields and Westoe Club to raise cash to aid Sunderland Royal Hospital, which helped save their twin babies Cory and John, who are now aged 14 months. Revving up to help with the fundraising by selling some of his toy cars was Scott Brown, aged 13.

Grateful parents Kirsty and John Speeding organised a fun day was held at the Shields and Westoe Club to raise cash to aid Sunderland Royal Hospital, which helped save their twin babies Cory and John, who are now aged 14 months. Brothers James (left) and Jake Robe, who are aged four and five, enjoy a cake at the event.

Grateful parents Kirsty and John Speeding organised a fun day was held at the Shields and Westoe Club to raise cash to aid Sunderland Royal Hospital, which helped save their twin babies Cory and John, who are now aged 14 months. Brothers James (left) and Jake Robe, who are aged four and five, enjoy a cake at the event.

Grateful parents Kirsty and John Speeding organised a fun day was held at the Shields and Westoe Club to raise cash to aid Sunderland Royal Hospital, which helped save their twin babies Cory and John, who are now aged 14 months. Brothers James (left) and Jake Robe, who are aged four and five, enjoy a cake at the event.

Grateful parents Kirsty and John Speeding organised a fun day was held at the Shields and Westoe Club to raise cash to aid Sunderland Royal Hospital, which helped save their twin babies Cory and John, who are now aged 14 months. Brothers James (left) and Jake Robe, who are aged four and five, enjoy a cake at the event.