Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Frankie's Family Makes Generous Donation to RVI

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Frankie's Family Makes Generous Donation to RVI

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Byline: SEAN SEDDON Reporter sean.seddon@reachplc.com @seddonnews

WHEN Newcastle United-mad Frankie Sherwood died of cancer at just four years old, his grandparents could have been forgiven for hiding away.

Instead, they've thrown themselves into raising money to help children on the ward where he spent so many hours being treated.

Michael Laidler, 58, and Dawn Laidler, 57, of Killingworth, have raised tens of thousands to help those suffering from illnesses like the one which claimed their grandson.

We cry we leave the faces we're we drop makes it Michael Frankie warmed hearts when he walked out as mascot at St James' Park in his Newcastle United kit and moved everyone with his fight against neuroblastoma before his death in February. His grandparents - who spent their 40th wedding anniversary running a charity football match in his memory - say they have been inspired to help others like Frankie.

And on Monday, big-hearted Michael lit up the faces of sick children as he delivered presents to the Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI) in Newcastle.

Michael said: "We first started raising money when Frankie first fell ill in order to fund treatment but we were told he was too ill to have the procedure.

"We carried on anyway and started buying things for ward 14 at the RVI to make the lives of the kids on there a little bit easier.

"When he passed our friends helped us through it but we decided straight away we'd keep on raising money, it made the whole situation easier to deal with.

"It's hard going back there and seeing the rooms where he was because you can still feel his presence and you're half-expecting him to be here when you walk in.

"We cry every time we leave but seeing the faces of the kids we're helping when we drop toys off makes it worth it."

The pair have raised PS30,000 so far through charity football matches, fun days and raffles - and they aren't showing any signs of slowing up. …

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