WORKERS at a chain of convenience shops have raised more than £2,000 for charity in honour of a colleague’s son.
When One Stop store manager Richie Brians’ son was diagnosed with leukaemia, area manager Stephen Blades decided to do some fundraising to support him and other children and young people going through treatment.
Three-year-old Finley Brians, from Cramlington, was diagnosed with leukaemia in April after being taken to hospital with a bruise behind his ear.
Stephen asked his 13 store teams each to raffle off a life-sized teddy bear, which has raised £2,155 for CLIC Sargent.
Finley’s mum Natalie Frame, 25, of Cramlington, said: “It’s been hell – the realisation that what he’s got is life-threatening and is not going to go overnight.
“He got kept in and treatment started the day after. It was a real shock, especially as there’d been no signs of him being unwell – just the bruise behind his ear. It was horrendous.
“It was like something off a soap opera. I couldn’t believe it because he hadn’t been poorly. I couldn’t get my head around it.
“For first three months he was really poorly. He wouldn’t walk or get out of bed and was crying the whole time. Now he’s like a normal boy, again.”
Richie, 24, of Longbenton, added: “It’s lovely that people are thinking about Finley’s situation.”
CLIC Sargent area fundraising manager Dee Tyler said: “The money One Stop stores have raised will help CLIC Sargent provide vital services including providing care professionals at the RVI and Freeman Hospital, giving grants to help families meet extra costs and offering holidays.”