Grandson and friends raise £1,800 with mini Great North Run on anniversary of Sunderland businessman's death

Jonah Gould, Louis Costigan and Jude Gould with their medals after the Mini Great North Run.
Jonah Gould, Louis Costigan and Jude Gould with their medals after the Mini Great North Run.
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A six-year-old and his pals have raised £1,800 in memory of a grandfather who died after suffering from locked in syndrome.

Louis Costigan and best friends Jonah Gould, four, and his brother Jude Gould, six, ran the Mini Great North Run down on the Newcastle and Gateshead quaysides.

Jonah Gould, brother Jude and friend Louis Costigan ahead of their race.

Jonah Gould, brother Jude and friend Louis Costigan ahead of their race.

They had topped their £1,000 target before the event, so decided to try and double that, with donations still being welcomed.

The cash will to to the Stoke Association in memory of Peter Charlton, a Sunderland estate agent who died three years ago after suffering a stroke in 2007.

Peter was a partner in the Charles Bell agency and went on to run his own surveying firm in Frederick Street in Sunderland.

Louis's mum Madeleine, 36, who now lives in Wynyard, said: "They ran the 1.5k in 12 minutes and their little legs never stopped.

"They are already in training for next year :)
"We are super proud of them and we have raised £1,800 now towards our £2,000 target."

The boys were also accompanied around the course by Durham boys Jonah and Jude's mum Carly, 36.

Peter, who was also dad to Marianne Gordon, 41, Nicky, 31, Caroline Dixon, 29, and son Henry, 33, as well as five grandchildren.

The former Tunstall and Durham Schools student went on to study at Northumbria University, going on to join Charles Bell, which was later bought out by the Halifax.

Outside of work he was a music fan, playing in his own group The Cyclones, and played rugby, cricket and football.

Donations can be added via https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Madeleine-Costigan