Charity night boosts Archie’s surgery appeal

The annual Panama Swimming Club's New years Day dip at Whitley Bay. Archie Anderson with his group.
The annual Panama Swimming Club's New years Day dip at Whitley Bay. Archie Anderson with his group.

DIPPING in and splashing out paid off for another charity appeal for a fellow cerebral palsy sufferer also hoping to head to the US for the same op.

Family and friends of Archie Anderson took part in Whitley Bay’s annual New Year’s Day dip in fancy dress to raise cash to help raise the £50,000 needed to pay for the surgery the Ashington five-year-old believes could change his life.

His mum Marie said: “Everyone was buzzing beforehand, and we were really excited when we got there at seeing lots of family, friends and well-wishers who had turned up to support Archie. Archie even dressed up himself, as Darth Vader.

“We all had a great day, and it looks as if we raised over £1,000.”

The charity has now collected more than £18,000.

Cramlington’s Stephen and Kirstie O’Neill also took part in the dip in aid of ex-Blyth Spartans player Scott Bell following his diagnosis with motor neurone disease in May last year.