TWO charitable causes are set to gain after around £10,000 was raised from this year’s Hartlepool Beer Festival.
The money raised by members of Hartlepool Round Table is to go towards Bradley Lowery’s Fight Against Neuroblastoma, an appeal to raise £500,000 for overseas treatment for two-year-old Bradley Lowery, from Blackhall, who is suffering from a rare childhood cancer.
Hartlepool Epilepsy Outlook, based in York Road, will also receive a share of the funding from the three-day event last month.
More than 400 people attended the event, at Hartlepool’s Borough Hall, throughout the Friday, with 110 on Saturday and a further 450 on Saturday night.
Some special guests at the festival were Bradley’s grandparents, Christine and Dave Lowery, of Blackhall, who sampled a half-pint of the specially named Camerons-brewed Lowery’s Lionheart.
The couple popped by briefly before they took a bottle of the 7.2 per cent beer to Bradley’s parents Gemma and Carl Lowery, both 30, who were at their son’s bedside at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary.
Bradley is in hospital receiving high-dose chemotherapy and has had stem cell treatment to help him recover quicker.
The youngster has had a tough couple of weeks, with harsh effects of the chemotherapy causing him to vomit blood.
He has had to have an operation to drain a build-up of fluid in his stomach.
Bradley’s breathing has also deteriorated as his oxygen levels have dropped and an x-ray showed his lungs are not working as they should as there are signs of infection.
But doctors had predicted Bradley would suffer through the treatment, and Gemma, who works at Healthworks in Easington Colliery, remains optimistic, saying: “Hopefully once done more fluid is drained it will start to improve.”
Gemma, who is also mum to 11-year-old Kieran, had this message for supporters: “I want to say a great big thank you from the bottom of my heart to every single one of you, from those of you who have done fundraising to those of you who are there with words of encouragement, I really appreciate.”
A zombie walk held in Hartlepool last Saturday raised £574 for the cause.
Jacky Harbottle, who works with Gemma, is organising a ska music night with The Ska-Toons, made up of band members who have played with Gangsters Of Ska and Alive and Kicking, will play a fundraising gig at Blackhall Community Centre, in Hesleden Road, from 7pm on Friday, November 8.
Easington Colliery Victory Club, in Seaside Lane, is hosting a race night from 7pm on November 23 in aid of the appeal.
Follow @bradleysfight for updates on Bradley.