A specialist North East construction company put its weight behind a charity rugby tournament in memory of a young leukaemia victim.
Darlington-based Stone Technical Services, which specialises in repair, maintenance and restoration work, helped raise £6,000 through the Henry Valks Memorial Cup Rugby Tournament.
Stone works with high-profile organisations such as INEOS Plant Utilities at Seal Sands, Teesside Power Station, English Heritage, the National Trust, the NHS, British Waterways and Network Rail to carry out maintenance, safety and conservation projects.
Each year the charity event raises thousands of pounds for Children with Cancer UK as a tribute to the Middleton St George toddler, who died in 2009, aged just three.
As well as making a donation to the charity, Stone of Kellaw Road, supplied a set of rugby shirts for one of the teams and provided the marketing support for the event.
The tournament took place at Darlington Rugby Club’s Blackwell Meadows ground. Each player was asked to donate £5 to take part with all funds raised going to the charity.
As well as the rugby, there was also a family fun day.
MD of Stone Technical Services, Dave Stone established the business with his brother Grahame in 1998.
The firm now has offices in Edinburgh, Stockport, London and Middlesex – as well as their HQ in Darlington.
He said: “Henry’s story is so sad and, since his untimely passing, his family have been working so hard to support Children with Cancer UK to raise awareness about this terrible disease.
“Everyone at Stone is really pleased to be involved with the tournament which will hopefully bring the local community together to raise much-needed funds.”