Onesieathon to help fight cancer

Amy Clarke
Amy Clarke
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A CHARITY champion mum is swapping her cycling gear for a onesie – to boost a charity set up in honour of a brave South Tyneside toddler.

Amy Clarke completed a gruelling trek through the Chinese province of Beijing in September to raise £5,000 for three cancer charities.

The mother-of-three saddled up in memory of her mother Margaret Pentland, who died of ovarian cancer at the age of 63, in October 2012.

Now she has teamed up with friends to organise a ladies’ night in aid of the Charlie Cookson Foundation at Londonderry Hall, in Dean Road, South Shields, tomorrow.

The Charlie Cookson Foundation was set up by parents Sarah and Chris Cookson, in memory of their two-year-old son Charlie, who died last October, after spending his short life battling a mystery condition.

The charity supports families of young children with serious illnesses.

Mrs Clarke, who lives in Edinburgh after moving from Lawe Road, South Shields, held a similar evening at the same venue last October, to raise money for her Chinese challenge.

The Onesie Night Only – which is a ladies-only event – gets under way at 7.30pm

Guests are not obliged to wear pyjamas or onesies – but organisers are hoping most will get into the spirit of the evening.

Attractions lined up for the evening include free drinks on arrival, served up by topless butlers, beauty treatments, refreshments and even some pillow fights.

Mrs Clarke said: “I am helping to organise the night with the same group of friends who helped me organise the onesie night I did, to raise funds for my Beijing bike ride. The event last year was so popular that people asked us to do something again.

“The Charlie Cookson Foundation is such a good cause.”

Tickets for the fun-packed event are £5 – with all proceeds going to the Charlie Cookson Foundation.

Tickets are available from Amazon Hair, in Fowler Street, South Shields, and from Perth Green Community Centre, on Inverness Road, Jarrow.