Help support courageous youngster

Richard Hunter

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A special 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 were forced to amputate his limbs to save him.

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

He also lost the fingertips from his left hand and part of his top lip.

Richard turns four today and his bravery has touched many people, with tens of thousands of pounds being raised to support him.

His nana, Maureen Armstrong, set up the Help Richard Live Life to the Full account in February last year.

It has since collected more than £15,000 and the money will go towards helping him buy limbs or anything else the lad, from Kenton, needs when he grows up.

And on Saturday, a fund-raiser is being held at Eshott Airfield, Felton, for the cause.

The event, from 10.30am to 4pm, will feature a range of activities for all the family.

There will be funfair rides, as well as a catering and sweets stall provided by Valentine’s Funfair.

Ice-cream will be supplied by Antonino’s Ices while Glittertattoos Northumberland will be doing glitter tattoos and nail art.

Collection buckets will be put out to give people the chance to make donations and the hangars will be open for visitors to see the planes and take pictures.

Entry is free for the fun day, which will also feature a tombola.

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 father, Richard Hunter, said: “The generosity of people has been amazing.”

Richard’s twin brother is Jayden.

For information about Richard and the Help Richard Live Life to the Full fund, visit helprichardlivelife.co.uk

Details of the family fun day can be seen via Facebook, on a specially-created page entitled Help Richard Live Life to the Full.