SMILING friends of Leighton Cook enjoyed a day of fun to help raise funds for his cancer battle.
Families took part in fun activities and kids enjoyed a fairground ride, while local companies donated auction prizes.
Pals of four-year-old Leighton, of Merryweather Rise, Tunstall, organised the fun day at Glendale Social Club in Houghton.
Family friend Claire Newby, 34, thanked all those who braved bad weather to come along. She said: “Leighton used to live next-door to my mam.
“We don’t have much money, but this makes you realise how fortunate you are, as our kids are healthy.
“We said we wanted to do something and it has spiralled from there.”
She also thanked the social club and all the companies that gave raffle prizes, including Asda’s ADC depot in Washington, the Npower call centre in Peterlee, local firms Apple Blossom florists, the Golden Fry Inn and Thirlaways Butchers.
Face painter Nic Devlin gave her services and a free fairground ride was laid on by a local firm.
Adam Fenbow, from Red House, donated a Sunderland AFC shirt, signed by the 1998 squad, given to him by the club after he suffered a haemorrhage when he was 15.
Leighton’s parents Dave, 54, and Lynzie, 34, are trying to raise £50,000 for stem cell treatment he may need, after battling the rare childhood disease, neuroblastoma.
So far they have managed to collect more than £16,000.
Up coming events include a sponsored walk and Full Monty show in October.
l To bid for the signed SAFC shirt or get involved with raising money for Leighton’s fund, call Claire on 584 9290.