A CHARITY night that saw a former Premiership manager throw his weight behind a campaign to help a sick youngster has raised more than £4,000.
Former Sunderland manager Peter Reid turned out to help boost hopes of sending Blackhall youngster Bradley Lowery for potentially life-saving operations after being diagnosed with the childhood cancer neuroblastoma.
Reid’s assistant manager during his reign, Bobby Saxton, was also present as the pair took the stage with former Sky Sports reporter Bill Bradshaw at the Easington Social Welfare Centre.
Charity champion Michael Eggleston arranged the evening that saw more than 150 people supporting the cause.
Michael was overwhelmed with emotion as he watched one of his sporting heroes help a cause close to his heart.
Michael said: “It was an amazing night and I am absolutely over the moon with how it went.
“There were so many people there to help support the charity.
“The main thing is supporting the cause and the amount of community spirit shown throughout young Bradley’s fight is amazing.
“I have never seen anything like the support and it just shows how tight and close a community we have.
“The area gets a bad showing most of the time, but that is before people know how much we stand by each other no matter what the circumstances are.”
The night was dubbed a success as ticket sales, a raffle, an auction and a generous £1,000 donation from an Easington-born footballer helped raise £4,360.
Michael paid further tribute to the support shown by the community spirit as he spoke during the interval of the well-organised event.
He added: “Every event that has been put on for Bradley has received amazing support and we cannot say thank you enough to everyone.
“I hope it continues and we can reach the target and help the young fighter.”