Community rallies to support family appeal

Artist Pam McSherry, Timour Haghkar, Tracy, Steven and Nathan Main.
Artist Pam McSherry, Timour Haghkar, Tracy, Steven and Nathan Main.

A community has rallied around to support one of their own after a number of fundraising initiatives.

Tracy and Steven Main, of Ashington, have begun a fundraising drive to raise the £40,000 needed to adapt their home for their son Nathan, who suffers from cerebral palsy.

And following their first event, a cake sale at Kids 1st Nursery, they are being supported by the Target North Hirst community group.

Tracy said: “We have been bowled over by the response we have got to our efforts.

“The support, offers of help and even donations from local people have been amazing.

“When we started, we thought it would be a really hard slog. But the response from people in Ashington and beyond has been humbling.”

Carol Brown, chairman of Target North Hirst, said: “A big part of what we do is about trying to help our community come together to support each other.

“When we heard about Tracy and Steven’s efforts to get support for Nathan, we naturally wanted to help.”

Earlier in the summer, the community group held an art exhibition and one of the artists, Pam McSherry, was keen to help in the fundraising.

She donated a painting of the old Hyrste Castle from the 1800s which had proved popular at the exhibition, which was snapped up by Timour Haghkar, who owns the Hyrste Castle pub.

Anyone who wants to make a donation or is interested in finding out more about future fundraising events should visit