Family delight at support for disabled son

An Ashington family say they have been overwhelmed by the support received to raise funds for their severely disabled child.

Tracy and Steven Main’s son Nathan suffers from cerebral palsy and needs a variety of equipment to improve his life.

And in just a few months, they have raised more than £8,200 thanks to support from the community.

Tracy said: “This response has been totally amazing. But more than the money itself, it has been the wide range of individuals and organisations that have become involved that has touched us so much.”

A number of pubs and clubs have held collections while Darren Redden completed the Great North Bike Ride and Gemma Curry took part in the Great North Run to help Nathan, whose sister Chloe raised £200 in the Junior Great North Run.

A charity kickboxing event at Blyth’s Millennium Gym raised £543 and a boxing event at the Northern Social Club in Ashington raised £1,405.

Tracy added: “We are deeply touched and grateful for all the efforts made so far.

“We still have some way to go to get our total of £13,000 but we’re more confident than ever that we can do it thanks to the massive morale boost we have received from everyone involved.”

Further fundraising events are planned, including a ‘Ladies Night’ on December 14 at the Premier Pub in Ashington. Tickets are available from the pub or Cradle Days, Station Road, Ashington.

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