Fund-raising success for Chloe

Francesca Gray and Craig Bowser with the raffle prizes at the charity event at Rainton Meadows Arena. Their 18-month-old  daughter Chloe Gray is the face of the Echo Chloe Call-up campaign.
Francesca Gray and Craig Bowser with the raffle prizes at the charity event at Rainton Meadows Arena. Their 18-month-old daughter Chloe Gray is the face of the Echo Chloe Call-up campaign.
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BRAVE Chloe Gray has inspired kind-hearted Wearsiders to raise hundreds of pounds for good causes.

The 17-month-old suffers from a blood condition which means she needs regular transfusions.

Chloe Gray, 18 months in happy mood during her stay in Sunderland Royal Hospital. Her Mum Francesca Gray is organising a fundraising event at rainton Meadows arena.

Chloe Gray, 18 months in happy mood during her stay in Sunderland Royal Hospital. Her Mum Francesca Gray is organising a fundraising event at rainton Meadows arena.

To help Chloe and others like her, her family held a fund-raising night at the Rainton Meadows Arena to bring in cash for charities supporting patients with similar conditions.

Mum Francesca, 20, from Plains Farm, said: “It was a really good night.

“We made about £400 altogether for the charity. The comedian was really good. Everyone seemed to have a good time and we were over the moon with the prizes people donated.

“We’re not sure what the next fund-raiser will be – we’re waiting to see after Christmas but I think Chloe’s dad is thinking about doing a skydive or something like that.”

She added: “Chloe’s doing okay at the moment. She’s just had a transfusion and she’s not due for another one for four weeks. She’s got a bit of a cold, but that’s about it at the moment.”

The little battler is the face of the Echo’s Chloe’s Call-up Campaign in aid of the Diamond Blackfan Aneamia charity and Anthony Nolan Trust.

Chloe suffers from Diamond Blackfan Anaemia, a blood abnormality that leaves patients with a low red blood cell count.

She will eventually need a bone marrow transplant to keep her alive, but her body cannot cope with the chemotherapy needed.

Until she grows strong enough, which could be in about 10 years, she will have to have the blood transfusions.

The Chloe’s Call-up Campaign aims to increase the number of people across the region donating blood on a regular basis.

Chloe lives with her mum, her dad Craig Bowser and sister Millie, five.

The charity night included entertainment from comedian Chris Ramsey, music from DJs Jordan Fitzsimmons and Craig Blacklock, an auction and games.

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