Family raises cash to help youngsters

Brad's uncle Mark Foster with Lauren Douglass and Gav Humphries from Punch-Drunk Comedy.

Brad's uncle Mark Foster with Lauren Douglass and Gav Humphries from Punch-Drunk Comedy.

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The family of a Bedlington youngster have handed over more than £1,400 to help families with poorly youngsters in the region.

Bradley Tweedy from Bedlington, and his family, visited Crawford House at The RVI recently to deliver their first donation, of £1,424.90.

The home from home for families with sick children in hospital is one of ten run by The Sick Children’s Trust across the UK and relies wholly on charitable fundraising.

It is one of two organisations supported by Bradley’s Smile Trust, set up by Bradley’s family alongside Punch-Drunk Comedy earlier this year, to give back to the services that have supported Brad since he was born with two severe lung conditions and a diaphragmatic hernia.

Crawford House was relied on heavily by the family during Brad’s first year, the entirety of which he spent in hospital.

Mum Terrie said: “The service was crucial to getting the family through that time, allowing us to stay in comfort on hospital grounds to be close to Bradley, particularly during the initial ten months which he spent in intensive care.”

When it was set up earlier this year, Bradley’s Smile Trust was taken straight to the hearts of the ‘Punch-Drunk Army.’

Not just by the Trust’s ‘home’ fans from the Bedlington gig, which gives ten per cent of all ticket revenue and the proceeds of fundraising on the nights, but by the audiences up in Ashington and down in Blyth, too.

New wristbands which are now on sale in shops and centres around the area as well as at the Punch-Drunk gigs are moving in vast numbers and fundraising events are racking up too.

After raising £1,000 by completing an on-foot coast-to-coast challenge, Brad’s uncle Mark Foster and his brother Dean have now signed up to take part in a Boxing-Day Dip into the icy North Sea.