By George, fun day was a hit

A family fun day was held at the Greenhills Centre at Wheatley Hill to raise money to aid of nine-month-old George Carr, who has cystic fibrosis. George pictured with his parents Brett and Gemma and their supporters.
A family fun day was held at the Greenhills Centre at Wheatley Hill to raise money to aid of nine-month-old George Carr, who has cystic fibrosis. George pictured with his parents Brett and Gemma and their supporters.

A FUN day has helped the family of a brave baby come closer to their fundraising target for a special jacket that will help him fight cystic fibrosis.

The family of 10-month-old George Carr, who was diagnosed with the life-limiting lung disease when he was just three weeks old, held a fun day at the Greenhills Centre, in Wheatley Hill.

Among the highlights were a merry-go-round, bouncy castle, soft play area, face-painting, hook-a-duck, cake stall, tombola and raffle.

The charity event raised £1,019 and follows a Boxing Day dip held last year at Crimdon, which aims to be an annual event, a darts night at Shotton Colliery and a Pimp My Ride-style event at Hardwick Park.

These have already helped to raise around £7,500, just short of the £8,500 target for the Friends of George Fund to buy George a special vibrating jacket, which helps clear mucus from the sufferer’s lungs and chest rather than relying on physiotherapy.

George’s dad Brett Carr, 28, and mum Gemma Worthington, 24, who are originally from Wheatley Hill but now live in Thornley, thanked all involved.

Brett said: “It went superbly, we had hundreds of people throughout the day.

“The community centre asked us if we would like to put on the day there and use their facilities. George absolutely loved the fun day, especially the bouncy castle. George is doing well, he has check-ups at Newcastle RVI every six to eight months and doctors are really impressed with how he is coming on.”