Tragedy of losing teen sons bonds charity mums from Hartlepool and Redcar

Dawn McManus from Red Dreams (right) with Theresa Cave
Dawn McManus from Red Dreams (right) with Theresa Cave

A HARTLEPOOL charity is using its fundraising expertise to help a foundation to provide victims of violent crime with a welcome break.

Dawn McManus, who founded the performing arts charity Red Dreams in memory of her son Kyle is working closely with fellow mum Theresa Cave, who has also been through the trauma.

Theresa set up the Chris Cave Foundation after her 17-year-old son was stabbed to death in Redcar.

Dawn and Red Dreams are helping Theresa with fundraising ideas to raise £5,000 to buy a caravan at a holiday park.

It will be used by families with children who have been affected by violent crime including murder and manslaughter.

Red Dreams is also offering guidance on how to register the foundation as a charity.

Dawn, whose son Kyle died aged 16 after tragically suffering a brain haemorrhage, said: “I was touched by Theresa’s story about losing her son. We had that bond straightaway.

“Because we’ve got that tragedy in common it was a no brainer to help her hopefully raise £5,000 and become a registered charity.”

The Chris Cave Foundation has also been given £2,800 by the Finlay Cooper Fund founded by Hartlepool United manager Colin Cooper after the choking death of his young son.

Theresa, from Redcar, added: “Dawn is a massive inspiration, she has been helping me with fundraising ideas and links so she has been wonderful.”

Red Dreams will be doing some fundraising of their own when youngsters sing songs and perform scenes from the musical Matilda.

They will be in Middleton Grange Shopping Centre all day on Friday.