Dexter’s light will shine on thanks to grant

Dexter's parents James Cook (far left) and Gemma Littley (centre) pictured with Great British Bake Off star Richard Burr
Dexter's parents James Cook (far left) and Gemma Littley (centre) pictured with Great British Bake Off star Richard Burr

A charity set up in memory of a baby who suddenly died has been crowned the nation’s ‘Community Champion’ in a national competition.

Dexter’s Light will now receive £2,000 which will help the charity realise its dream of building a portable sensory room for children’s centres and nurseries across the North.

The charity began life as a Facebook page for people to share their memories following the death of one-year-old Dexter Cook, from Greetland, in May 2014.

Richard Burr, star of the Great British Bake Off, also made a celebratory cake in recognition of the achievement,

Organised by kitchen and joinery giant, Magnet Trade, the Community Champions campaign saw 169 local causes battle it out to receive a share of an £11,000 prize fund.

Dexters Light was crowned the overall winner after receiving thousands of votes and the £2,000 cash donation has helped the charity reach its £15,000 fundraising target for the sensory room.

The cheque was presented at St Thomas’ Church, Greetland, where Dexter is buried.

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