A BLYTH youngster is aiming to bring festive cheer to children who will be spending Christmas in hospital.
Cory Davison is hoping people and businesses will once again support him in handing out presents to children at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary on Christmas Day.
The eight-year-old, who has battled to overcome an aggressive tumour, handed out presents last year and is keen to repeat the gesture this festive season.
Once again, Blyth Spartans Football Club have come forward to allow their Croft Park home to be used as a drop-off point for the unwrapped new presents, which will be checked before being handed out.
Last year, the appeal was given a massive boost by major companies including John Lewis and Wilkinsons, and Cory and his dad Steven are hoping for similar support.
Steven, who will dress up as Santa Claus for the day while Cory will again be an elf alongside family friend Nicky Ling, said: “Our plea is to ask local businesses and residents to donate gifts and toys for the children.
“We’d love it if a business could donate something like three iPads or something like that. We’re looking for gifts to go into the playroom such as computers.
“We’re really thankful for the gifts last year, and due to that success we decided to do it again.
“Any cash donated will be used to buy presents.”
Presents will initially be handed out to children on the cancer ward, with any left going to youngsters on the children’s ward.
Steven added: “The more toys the merrier as any leftover will be kept back by the hospital and handed out for birthday’s and other occasions, such as a child showing bravery towards their treatment.”
The last drop-off at Blyth Spartans will be December 23, with the stadium being open every weekday morning.
Cory was diagnosed with a severe malignant tumour the size of a plum around his brain stem in February last year.
After months of chemo and radiotherapy, the Newsham Primary School pupil is now on the road to recovery and is in remission from cancer.
Steven is full of praise for staff at the school who have helped Cory ease his way back into school life.
“He is back amongst his friends, his school has made it happen and are catering for his problems with his eyesight, hearing and balance, and he is improving all the time with his education,” said his father.
And an addition to his family in the last year – a baby sister – has also helped put a spring in Cory’s step.
Steven said: “He is doting after her. It’s given him a breath of fresh air.
“He was the youngest in the family so he is thriving at being the big brother for the first time.”
Anyone who wants more information on the appeal can contact Cory via twitter @1CoryDavison or Ian Evans, at Blyth Spartans, on (01670) 352373.