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Knit, knit, hooray! Sunderland Lecturers don novelty jumpers to help cancer boy

Christmas jumpers at the ready... (l to r front row) Danny Venton, Lesley Savage and David Fallon, (back row) Fiona Menham, Jamie Spears, Michelle McCabe, Stephanie Gallon and Lauren Tallintire.

Christmas jumpers at the ready... (l to r front row) Danny Venton, Lesley Savage and David Fallon, (back row) Fiona Menham, Jamie Spears, Michelle McCabe, Stephanie Gallon and Lauren Tallintire.

LECTURERS swapped elbow patches for novelty knits during a Christmas jumper day.

Sunderland University academics donned snowmen, reindeer and even Christmas pudding jumpers in an effort to raise funds for poorly youngster Bradley Lowery.

Cake sales and a raffle were also held as part of the festive event, in City Space, Chester Road, which raised just under £300 towards the Bradley Lowery’s Fight Against Neuroblastoma cause.

The two-year-old, of Blackhall, suffers from the rare form of the childhood cancer.

After being on a life support machine at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary last month, his condition has picked up – and he was allowed home for a few days last week.

Fund-raisers are trying to raise the £500,000 needed to send the youngster to America for undergo relapse treatment, which isn’t available in the UK.

Lesley Savage, who organised the event alongside lecturer David Fallon, and students Lauren Tallintire, Lynn Forsyth and Rachel Phillips, said she was keen to get involved.

“I found out about Bradley from Facebook,” she said. “And I really wanted to help.

“We organised the event in less than a week, and considering the amount of time we had to plan it, it went brilliantly.

“The response we had from students and staff was fantastic.”

Awe-struck youngsters got to meet their heroes at a massive party organised to raise funds for Bradley at East Durham College, Peterlee.

The Princess and Superheroes Charity Ball raised a staggering £4,212, with more money still to come.

Organisers said they hope to make it an annual event, with Bradley in attendance next year.

Nine hundred tickets were sold, with more than 400 children and parents attending the event which was a joint venture between Peterlee’s three Sunshine Day Nurseries, and Giant Steps nurseries.

The jam-packed event featured Disney princesses, characters from Star Wars, and The Riddler from Batman, as well as a visit from Santa, face-painters and raffles.

Organiser Kelly Walton, manager of the Sunshine Day Nursery at Seascape Primary School, said: “All the children’s little faces lit up when they saw all the princesses and superheroes, it was magical.”

The event also saw Shotton Hall Primary School pupil Kaitlyn Hildrew have her waist-length hair cut into a bob to raise funds, raking in £400 for Bradley.

 

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