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SuperJosh – Don’t forget the Dads

This week, to coincide with Fathers Day, The Joshua Wilson Brain Tumour Charity, and in particular, Josh’s own Dad, Colin and Grandad, John, pay tribute to the Dads and Grandads who support their family through a child’s brain tumour journey.

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Being told your child has an in-operable illness or brain tumour is life-changing and devastating news for any parent.  Where there are other siblings also involved, parenting can become even more of a challenge, with many couples having to split themselves between the poorly child and the sibling.  

Often, treatment and hospital care can take weeks, month and years, and in many cases, the one parent needs to take the role of hospital carer whilst the other has to retain some element of ‘normality’, still having to go to work, and taking on the maintaining of home life and care for any brothers & sisters.

The Joshua Wilson Brain Tumour Charity was set up on Josh’s 13th Birthday in August 2013.  The charity has 3 aims: 

  1. To help families with children who have or who have had a brain tumour with advice, support & financial solutions, placing special focus on those who have also suffered post surgery disabilities
  2. To help organisations and places we met along Josh’s Journey (hospitals, care centres, special schools & brain tumour awareness groups) providing support and hospital entertainment packs 
  3. To help raise awareness of the needs of families living with childhood brain tumours and specifically of the for improved accessible changing facilities for young people and adults who need to use them

Since Josh’s passing in November 2014, Colin and John have been proud to see the legacy of their amazing boy do so much good for so many other families.

John Fidler, Josh’s Grandad said “At first, I think there was a misconception that the charity was all about raising money for Josh. Josh wanted to set up the charity so that he could help others.  When people asked for their donations to be spent on Josh, we had to explain that although the charity carries Josh’s name, it was set up to support other families like us who needhelp.”

We are so proud of what has been achieved for such a large number of other children and their families. It is crucial to Josh’s legacy that we are able to continue to do so, despite him no longer being here himself.”

This Fathers Day, please imagine being the father / grandfather of a child with a brain tumour or post-operative complications, and to consider making a donation to the charity so that they can support more families this year – help us to further that legacy and to remember Colin and John and others like them.  

You can download our SuperJosh Fathers Day e-card and personalise it for your own Dad or Grandad.  Simply go to download the card, make your changes, save the document, and email it on.

Making a donation to The Joshua Wilson Brain Tumour Charity couldn’t be easier.

These are the ways you can donate:

  • Text SJBT13 and the amount £1, £2, £5, £10  (e.g. SJBT13 £5) to 70070  
  • Make a donation online from the homepage of our website
  • Send a cheque made payable to The Joshua Wilson Brain Tumour Charity
    SuperJosh, Bury Business Lodge, Europa House, Barcroft Street, Bury, BL9 5BT.
  • Email us at and we’ll send you out a standing order form so you can make a regular donation

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. 

From Christmas 2013 Dawn & Colin Josh’s parents were 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 in November.

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.

The charity, The Joshua Wilson Brain Tumour Charity, has raised over £300,000 and helped over 1000 families since its inception.  

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