Hartlepool charity hopes to give brave boy a holiday to remember

Miles For Men's Kevin Hill, left, with little Mason and his parents Carol and Andrew.
Miles For Men's Kevin Hill, left, with little Mason and his parents Carol and Andrew.

A Hartlepool-based charity is hoping to raise more than £3,000 to help a young boy have a holiday to remember.

Mason Campion, aged five, has been battling cancer since he was one year old, and he is no longer responding to treatment.

Mason is still very ill and we want to help to take him back to Disneyland

Kevin Hill

His family are planning to take him to Disneyland Paris – but because of the high insurance costs the trip is set to cost about £7,000.

That has almost been raised already, but Hartlepool charity Miles For Men – which has supported Mason over the last two years – is set to hold an event to help raise funds to give him some spending money.

The night – called The Final Push – will see musicians The Style Selektors, Martin ‘Ruffles’ Pearson and Charlie Campbell perform at Cockton Hill Club, in Bishop Auckland, on October 16.

There will also be a raffle and an auction, with the event to start at 7pm. Kevin Hill, of Miles For Men, said: “We helped Mason with his last trip to Disneyland, but he is still very ill and we want to help to take him back there.

“It will cost in the region of £7,000 to get him there, and although that figure has more or less been raised already, we are running an event to try to ensure he has some spending money.

“We want to make sure Mason doesn’t have to worry about anything when he’s there. It’s absolutely devastating, but we really want to make sure he has as enjoyable a time as possible.”

Mason, from Hunwick, County Durham, is one of a number of people Miles For Men have helped outside Hartlepool.

Mr Hill added: “We help a lot of families away from the town as well, which a lot of people don’t realise. We help families from all over, including the likes of Plymouth and Scotland.

“We’ve been following Mason for over two years, and he has been going through chemotherapy since he was one.

“I’m a believer that there is always a light at the end of the tunnel, and we keep our fingers crossed that something will happen to turn it around.

“He has been through something that no child should, and we’re there just to help them and if he needs a shoulder to cry on, we’re there for him and his family.”

n Tickets for the event are £5, and are available by calling 07951 113600.