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Dogs fetch the cash to help Luke’s appeal

Members of Whitley Wonders Flyball Team who held a Superstar Dogs fun day to raise funds for Luke Collins.

Members of Whitley Wonders Flyball Team who held a Superstar Dogs fun day to raise funds for Luke Collins.

Kind-hearted members of the community are rallying to help a young boy suffering from a life-threatening brain tumour.

Members of Whitley Wonders Flyball Team have held a ‘Superstar Dogs’ fun day to raise funds for Luke Collins.

Luke, from Holystone, was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour known as optic nerve glioma, that has since grown and attacked his optical nerve, leaving him permanently blind.

Earlier this year, Luke underwent a surgical procedure to remove part of the tumour, and the family is now fundraising for Luke’s Life Long Labour, to raise around £250,000 to help improve his quality of life and provide equipment to help his visual impairment.

Entrant Gemma Horsham said: “It’s great helping Luke and his family, and at the same time seeing my dog Misty, who was a street dog in Greece, grow in confidence by joining in.”

A total of 26 canine athletes competed with their owners, with events including the 100 foot dash, flyball time trials and dog agility.

Wallsend Community Choir is also backing the appeal, and will hold a charity concert on Wednesday, May 21, at Lindisfarne Social Club, West Street, at 7.15pm.

Tickets are £5, and there will be a fundraising raffle.

To donate to Luke’s appeal, visit www.go fundme.com/lukeslifelonglabour

 

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