Cory helps children celebrate Christmas

Cory Davison with a large teddy bear at Blyth Spartans the Friday before Christmas 2011.''Photo by Steven White.
Cory Davison with a large teddy bear at Blyth Spartans the Friday before Christmas 2011.''Photo by Steven White.

DRESSED up as an elf on Christmas Day, little Cory Davison made sure every single child in the Great North Children’s Hospital had a day to remember.

Along with his family and friends as helpers he dropped off Christmas gifts to every child, including babies who were just days old, and there are still more presents to give out.

Cory’s dad Steven said: “It was the best Christmas I have ever had. We were there for about five hours giving out presents and went round every child.

“Cory worked really hard too, like a proper elf and it was fantastic to see all their faces.”

Seven-year-old Cory’s Christmas Pledge exceeded all expectations and culminated in a charity night at Blyth Spartans on Friday December 23 where gifts from people and businesses across the region were dropped off as part of the appeal.

And on December 24, when an appeal was put out to find gifts for babies, Wilkinson’s in Blyth came to the rescue providing teddy bears and presents to the appeal.

Steven added: “Everyone at the hospital was really touched by what we did, we had to get help from hospital porters to bring the presents in because there was just so much.

“We never imagined the appeal would be so big, there was about £60 worth of presents in each bag for each child.”

Helping out on the day was family friend Nicky Ling, who also dressed up for the day as an elf.

The construction worker from Blyth spent his Christmas Day with the family at the hospital putting smiles on the faces of the children there.

Cory was diagnosed with a life threatening brain tumour in February 2011 and despite months of hospital treatment he has worked hard to fundraise for charity.

Steven added: “Cory absolutely loved Christmas Day, he found a lot of energy to go round and speak to every child and their families, it was a brilliant day.”