Fund-raising takes off

A FUND-RAISING event takes place this weekend to help a courageous little boy who lost both his legs and an arm after contracting a severe form of meningitis.

Identical twin Richard Hunter was just 11 months old when medical staff had to amputate his limbs to save him. He also lost the fingertips from his left hand and part of his top lip.

The youngster’s horrific ordeal in 2010 was sparked as he battled meningococcal septicemia.

Two years ago, his mum Ashleigh Wilkinson created the Help Richard to Walk Appeal, and that has gone on to raise around £23,000.

His grandmother Maureen Armstrong set up the Help Richard Live Life to the Full fund in February last year, which has so far collected more than £15,000 to help buy limbs or anything else the youngster needs as he grows up.

His father, also called Richard, said: “The generosity of people has been amazing.”

Richard, who lives in Kenton, turns four today and on Saturday, a fund-raiser is being held at Eshott Airfield to support him.

The event will feature a range of activities, with funfair rides, a catering and sweets stall by Valentine’s Funfair, ice-cream supplied by Antonino’s Ices, and glitter tattoos and nail art by Glittertattoos Northumberland.

There will be a tombola, collection buckets will be out to give people the chance to make donations and the hangers will be open for visitors to see the planes and take pictures.

Entry is free for the fun day, which runs from 10.30am to 4pm.

For further information about the Help Richard Live Life to the Full fund, visit hel