Hugo’s a go-going on holiday thanks to help from #SuperJosh
The family of Hugo Porcher Smith have been awarded a post-treatment holiday grant from SuperJosh’s charity, the Joshua Wilson Brain Tumour Charity.
Hugo, who is 5 years old and from Aylsham in Norfolk, was diagnosed with an optic nerve glioma in October 2013. Until then, he was a normal happy boy. He now finds it difficult to understand when he can’t do the things his friends do. Hugo has been especially upset and frustrated that, due to the restrictions caused by his treatment, he can’t attend school on a regular basis, go swimming or play with sand.
The Joshua Wilson Brain Tumour Charity was set up to support families just like Hugo’s. He was only 3 years old when he started his chemotherapy. His mum Elena has had to give up working to be Hugo’s carer, and as with many other families in similar circumstances, finances have become tight.
Hugo will finish his chemotherapy treatment in June and thanks to the grant from Josh’ charity, the family will be enjoying a beach holiday when his treatment is complete.
Hugo’s Dad, Edward said “The news we had last week, that with the generosity of Joshua’s charity, we can have a dream beach holiday at the end of Hugo’s treatment, has given us all a tremendous boost. It’s something really special to look forward to and we will be able to make happy memories like a normal family.”
“We want to express our gratitude to the Charity for the grant you have offered to us in Joshua’s name. Financially a holiday is something we have been unable to fund ourselves since Elena had to give up work. We will make sure we have a wonderful time – Thank you!”
Dawn Fidler said “Families facing situations like Hugo’s and like ours are more common than you would ever dread to think. We are delighted to have been able to offer them this chance of a holiday at the end of Hugo’s treatment and hope that they have the most amazing time!
Pictured is Hugo Porcher Smith
The Joshua Wilson Brain Tumour Charity relies on the support of local people to enable to provide the services offered.
Joshua was 3 ½ when he was diagnosed with a brain stem tumour. Life-saving surgery to remove the tumour left Josh with serious post-operative complications.
On Josh’s 13th Birthday in 2013, Josh and his mum, Dawn, launched the Joshua Wilson Brain Tumour Charity with the aim of helping other families living with childhood brain tumours and post-operative complications. The charity, The Joshua Wilson Brain Tumour Charity, went on to raise £100,000 in its first year of existence.
From Christmas 2013 Dawn was told seven times in eight months her son only had 48 hours to live. Josh defied all odds, and turned 14 in August of 2014 but sadly died 10 weeks ago.
Since his passing, Dawn and Josh’s other family members have maintained their commitment to his Charity and have remained active and engaged with all of the charity’s supporters.
To make a donation to the Joshua Wilson Brain Tumour Charity you can: –
Donate by text: To donate £5 right now, text SJBT13 followed by £1, £2, £5 or £10 to 70070
Donate online: visit www.joshwilson.org.uk and click on Please Donate Here