Kayleigh fundraising in memory of her dad

Kayleigh Sander (right) with friends at Winmarleigh Hall, Lancashire where the idea for a family fun day in support of the Northern Brainwave Appeal was formed.
Kayleigh Sander (right) with friends at Winmarleigh Hall, Lancashire where the idea for a family fun day in support of the Northern Brainwave Appeal was formed.

A group of young people from North Tyneside are holding a family fun day in order to raise money for a cause close to one of their members’ hearts.

Kayleigh Sander, 16, from Whitley Bay, is taking part in the National Citizen Service (NCS) programme, which gives young people the chance to participate in a summer of activities aimed at developing new skills, increasing confidence, and contributing to their community.

But earlier this year Kayleigh’s dad, Phil Hughes, died suddenly from a brain aneurism.

Kayleigh said: “It’s obviously been a difficult time but being part of this team has really helped me cope and take my mind off things.

“I’ve made some great friends and now we’re getting to do something positive for the unit my dad was treated in.”

As part of the NCS programme, the participants spent time together on a residential retreat at Winmarleigh Hall in Lancashire, where they decided to raise money for the Northern Brainwave Appeal in memory of Kayleigh’s dad.

And the group will hold a family fun day at The Parks Sports Centre in North Shields, on Friday, August 16, from noon to 4pm.