One of the nation’s top comedians has helped raise hundreds of pounds for a local youngster.
Les Dennis was in the region on Friday to host ‘An evening with ...’, to raise money for nine-year-old Callum Brown.
Cerebral palsy sufferer Callum, from Seaton Sluice, underwent a selective dorsal rhizotomy operation earlier this year, to help him walk unaided.
But fundraising is still continuing in order to help pay for Callum’s ongoing physiotherapy needs.
The evening on Friday was hosted by Blyth Spartans Football Club and helped to generate hundreds of pounds towards Callum’s Wish To Walk Appeal.
Les said: “I heard about Callum from the Blyth Spartans clubhouse manager, who is a friend of mine, and I wanted to help.
“When she told me the story of this boy with cerebral palsy, and she told me his story, I just thought we all have to give back and it’s a great cause to give back to.
“I’m thrilled to be able to do an audience with Les Dennis to help raise someny for Callum.
“He’s a lovely young boy who needs help, I know there are lots of other things but this is very much at the heart of Children in Need, this is a young boy who needs to walk so hopefully we can help.”
The event saw the popular television man talking candidly about his career to date, his experiences on Masterchef, and his current role in the West End where he is playing King Arthur in Spamalot.
“An Audience is my life from my point of view, where I have come from and who I am.
“Everyone knows me from Family Fortunes but I started a long time before that, so it’s nice to look back and remember.”
Callum’s mum Sharon added: “It was a great night and Les was absolutely fantastic, we were delighted that he agreed to do this and help raise money for Callum.
“We always said for Callum the really hard work started after his operation, so he is working hard in physio and has now taken 20 steps independently.
“He is coming on leaps and bounds thanks to the money people have donated.”
You can follow Callum’s progress on Twitter @callumswish