Funding appeal raises more than £5,000 for charity which helped Catterick Village family

Joseph Saunders.

More than £5,000 has been raised for a charity which has provided support for a local family whose young boy became seriously ill.

In August, the family of Joseph Nicholson, from Catterick Village, were told the devastating news that the youngster had a form of pneumonia 

While many children would receive treatment and recover, this was not the case for Joseph who due to a genetic anomaly suffered severe lung damage.

For several weeks he was placed in an induced coma while he awaited a lung transplant at the Freeman Hospital, in Newcastle.

His parents Fiona and Gary did not leave his side in this time thanks to the support of the Sick Children’s Trust which runs two residential for facilities at the RVI and Freeman hospitals where Joseph spent time.

The five-year-old has now had a double lung transplant and is on the long road to recovery.

The accommodation meant that his parents could be close to Joseph throughout his treatment in a comfortable environment and were also then able to spend quality time with their other son Henry.

To help the charity provide support to more families, Inpipe Products, based at Brompton-on-Swale, where Joseph’s granddad, Mike Saunders, works held a fundraising appeal.

A total of £5,166.56 was raised with a raffle, as well as donations and an honesty station at the Brompton firm.