Hero teenager’s gift of games consoles and gadgets to hospital children’s ward
Joshua Wilson dropped off the ‘SuperJosh’ package at Wythenshawe Hospital to help keep teenage patients entertained
A brave teenager hopes to pass on some of his fighting spirit to other young patients by donating a haul of games consoles and gadgets.
Terminally-ill Josh Wilson, 14, visited Wythenshawe Hospital to hand over a ‘SuperJosh Package’ containing Xboxes, Playstations, Nintendo DS and Wii consoles and games, plus TVs, DVD players, films, books, comics and loom band kits.
He and mum Dawn Fidler, 38, know all too well how much sick children being treated there will appreciate them.
Josh has spent much of his life in hospital after he was diagnosed with a brain tumour aged three.
Dawn, of Walshaw, Bury, said: “When people donate things to hospital they usually think of really young children. There is a massive gap for teenagers.
“It doesn’t matter how poorly you are, you can still watch and listen and want to be entertained.
“Sometimes mums and dads stay with their kids for 24 hours a day so this is something that can benefit the whole family.”
The package, funded by a £2,000 donation from health insurance provider Simplyhealth, is the third they have delivered, having already dropped off goodies at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital and Royal Bolton Children’s Hospital.
Josh was left severely disabled after surgery to remove his brain tumour and is now suffering from a terminal lung condition as a result of post-operative complications.
His mum has been told seven times since last Christmas that her son had less than 48 hours to live – but each time her little fighter pulled through.
It has been a busy few weeks for Josh, who celebrated his birthday and the first anniversary of his charity this month.
More than 180 guests attended his party, when it was revealed a staggering £100,000 was raised in the charity’s first year.
Dawn said: “We are over the moon and never dreamt we would achieve this amount and be able to help so many families and organisations.”
The celebrations continued at a party organised by Salford Reds captain and charity patron Adrian Morley at the AJ Bell stadium the following week.
Dawn said: “They really spoilt him, the team sang Happy Birthday to Josh, he had lunch with all the players and they gave him a Spider Man cake and a bag of Salford Reds goodies.
“A huge thank you to everyone at the club who made Josh so happy with such a special treat.”