Sunderland Nando’s raises hundreds to help Charlie Cookson Foundation

Picture: Katie Collins / PA Archive/PA Images. General view of a Nando's branch in central London.
Picture: Katie Collins / PA Archive/PA Images. General view of a Nando’s branch in central London.

Nando’s Sunderland has raised over £200 for Charlie Cookson Foundation (CCF).

The restaurant hosted a charity coffee morning more than a week ago on Saturday, October 3, in aid of the CCF.

The Charlie Cookson Foundation provides financial support to parents of seriously ill children with life limiting conditions.

Sarah Cookson, co-founder of the CCF, said: “Our fundraisers and supporters enable us to continue in changing lives of many families. We have supported 21 incredible families since November 2013.

“We are giving them that much needed financial relief, so they are able to fully care for their seriously ill child without that additional dark cloud hanging over them.”

A group of Wearsiders banded together in favour of the cause to make a selection of buns, cakes and biscuits for the occasion.

Dale Percival, a business owner in Sunderland, said: “I’ve done my bit for charity and done an Oreo and Mars Cheesecake for the coffee morning at Nando’s – it’s for a great cause.”

The coffee morning also raised money by auctioning off Nando’s chicken decorations, which have been part of the restaurants décor since its opening over 10 years ago.

June Russell, 38, Nando’s employee, said: “We raised over £100 auctioning our chickens off.

“It was a big success.”

The CCF was chosen as Nando’s charity of the year back in July, so the company will be supporting the foundation until July 2016.

Ms Cookson added: “The support we receive daily makes us feel so immensely proud to be part of such a wonderful caring community.

“Nandos supporting us for a whole year is nothing short of amazing.”

The CCF charity was set up by South Shield residing parents, Sarah and Chris Cookson after the premature death of their 30-month-old son, Charlie in October 2013.


Charlie suffered and fought through ecoli, meningitis and epilepsy, yet the progressive disease that caused his death is still a mystery.

The couple know too well the struggles some parents are facing on a daily basis.

The Foundation uses its donations to help improve their lives by providing information, advice and support.

Ms Cookson said: “The Charlie Cookson Foundation helps these incredibly inspiring families who battle enough each day just to keep their child with them as long as possible.

“They should not have to battle further with the financial struggles they face.”

If you would like to donate to the Charlie Cookson Foundation, click here.

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