A SICK little boy has inspired an £8,000 cash boost for a pioneering hospital unit.
Footballers, family and friends hosted a number of events to try and raise money in honour of three-year-old Finlay Kennedy, whose medical condition continues to baffle doctors.
The Penshaw youngster has been battling an undiagnosed immune system condition since he was born, and is constantly plagued by colds, viruses and infections, which his family say no amount of antibiotics can cure.
He is given blood infusions every week, at home, to boost his immune system.
Recently he spent time in hospital having his tonsils and adenoids removed to try and prevent infection.
Dad Fraser, 41, said people’s support and help to raise £8521.25 for the North East’s Regional Immunology and Allergy Unit – given indirectly through the Bubble Foundation, which funds research into immunology – has been incredible.
“We are just really pleased that we have made so much,” said Fraser, who is head of Sports Elite, at Newcastle University.
“I just want to thank everyone who got involved for helping us to raise the money.
“The charity is very grateful.”
A charity football match organised by Sunderland Women’s Football Club in November, saw former members of the team and current England players Jill Scott, Steph Houghton and Carly Telford getting involved to help Finlay.
They played against current SWFC team members, who beat the old hands 7-0.
Fraser, who lives with Finlay’s mum Leanne Burn, 28, will officially hand over the money to doctors at the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle, where the Bubble Foundation is based, in the next couple of weeks.
“It’s really good,” he said. “We have done quite a bit of various fund-raising and it has been amazing, all the support we have had for the charity.
“We are still waiting to find out what the exact amount of money we have raised.
“Finlay hasn’t been very well lately, we don’t really know how he is doing, but he is tough.
“He is starting to understand what is happening when he gets his blood infusions and he doesn’t like getting them, so it is getting quite difficult to do.
“He’s still normally ill every two to three weeks. The infusions will continue for the next three or four months, and then a decision will be made as to whether he still gets them every week or not.
“We always encourage people to give blood, so we have been raising awareness of that as much as anything, because without it Finlay couldn’t get treatment.”