SuperJosh is voted Mancunian of the Year!
Manchester Evening News
Jan 10, 2015 07:45 By Amy Glendinning
A teenager whose bravery inspired a charity in his name has been voted your Mancunian of the Year 2014.
Josh Wilson, from Bury, lost his battle with long-standing medical problems – caused by surgery to remove a brain tumour – in November.
The 14-year-old, nicknamed SuperJosh, earned 40 per cent of the votes to win the prestigious title.
The teenager was left battling a brain injury, epilepsy and scoliosis, with his family told seven times in eight months from Christmas 2013 that he had only 48 hours to live.
But each time Josh amazed doctors and defied the odds to pull through.
His bravery and bright outlook until the end inspired thousands of supporters – and led to the creation of the Joshua Wilson Brain Tumour Charity in 2013.
The charity, which has GMP Chief Constable Sir Peter Fahy and Warehouse Project boss Sacha Lord-Marchionne as its patrons, now works with families of children suffering from a brain tumour or post-surgery disabilities. Josh’s mum Dawn Fidler, who started the charity, said: “There are so many amazing people on the list, for people to have voted for Josh is just amazing.
“Him being named Mancunian of the Year means so much to our family and friends, especially since it is only two months since he passed.
“It’s the perfect way to continue his legacy.”
Two other runners-up received nearly all the rest of the votes.
In second place were Dan and Joanne Thompson, the Stockport couple who set up baby first aid charity Millie’s Trust after their daughter tragically died choking on food at her nursery.
The couple have since trained thousands of parents in paediatric first aid – and announced last year they were expecting their second child, a little boy.
They received nearly a quarter of the votes – 23pc.
Salford taxi driver Alan Henning, killed by militants from Islamic State after travelling to Syria, came third.
The dad-of-two, 47, from Eccles, had joined relief efforts to take aid to Syrian refugees when he was captured and held for ten months before he was murdered.
In total 1,153 people voted