Ant and Dec give their support to brave Luke

A host of celebrities have given their backing to a fundraising mission to help a borough youngster with a life-threatening brain tumour.

At just seven months old, Luke Collins, 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 in Liverpool to remove part of the tumour.

The family has now started to fundraise for Luke’s Life Long Labour, to raise around £250,000 to help improve Luke’s quality of life and provide equipment to help his visual impairment.

And now a series of celebrities have been snapped ‘wearing grey for Luke’, and sporting one of the charity wristbands created to raise awareness and funds for Luke’s charity.

Top Geordie duo Ant and Dec proudly showed off their wristbands, along with Take Me Out presenter Paddy McGuiness, ex-Eastenders star and king of the jungle Joe Swash, and former footballer and Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson, who wore his on Gillette Soccer Saturday.

Wristbands are available online from Heaven Therapy and from Wynsors shoes in Benton.

To donate to Luke’s Life Long Labour, visit www.go bour and to keep up to date with his progress, visit