SuperJosh News: Issue No. 16

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SuperJosh News: Issue No. 16

Hi and welcome to issue 16 – the last one of August.  Time is flying by and before long we will be on countdown to Christmas.  But before that we have lots to tell you about, including some great things that are happening throughout September.

USA Select v Lancashire Spinners Charity Game

On 8th September the Spinners are hosting USA Select.  This is the second charity game they have held in aid of TJWBTC and is an amazing opportunity to see your division 1 spinners take on USA Select in a competitive, exciting and elite exhibition of basketball.

The evening entertainment will include a special guest appearance, competitions, raffles and the chance to purchase some SJ merchandise.


If you want to find out more or book tickets, you can do so here.


The roads of Bury are filled with nervous drivers, all thanks to Graham Evans from GDT.  As part of an innovative fundraising campaign Graham is encouraging people to assess their driving skills in a mock test.

Everyone who signs up to take the test and Drive4Josh will be taken round the same (top secret) route.  Their driving will be assessed using the Aviva “black box” to ensure accuracy and mark driving style and control out of 100.  Points will then be deducted for minor and major faults, with penalties for not checking mirrors, not indicating, road rage and driving one handed.

If you want to take part you will either need to raise £50 through donations, or pay £50 directly.  This will allow you to take part in the test as well as come to the Drive4Josh awards night that is taking place at The Village Hotel on 24th September.

Dawn Fidler, said: “We want as many people to take part as possible. We pre-sold 50 per cent of our allocation for participants before our official launch.

“Alternatively, if anyone would like to be involved with the donation of any driving-related prize, or perhaps sponsoring the buffet at the evening event, then please let me know.”

Graham, owner of Radcliffe-based driving school GDT, said: “I have been working with Dawn for a while, but wanted to find a unique way to raise money for the charity that was accessible to the non-adrenaline junkie.

“Jumping out of a plane terrifies me and my running days seem to be behind me. Those who have taken part already have had that infamous sweaty palm feeling.”


So, if you want to take part in this highly competitive (and marginally nerve wrecking) experience you can book your place here.

The Birthday Bash of the Year

You may already have seen this fabulous picture from the Bury Times of our SuperJosh Super Hero party from 16th August, but just in case … here it is again.


Thanks again to everyone who came and had fun on the day – it was a brilliant event as always.

Who is your hero?

We all know that Josh was nicknamed SuperJosh by many for the way he handled everything life threw at him.  While he might well argue that he was the only one, the fact is there are countless other heroes within the Bury community – and we want to hear about it.

As part of Josh’s legacy Dawn, in conjunction with Samantha Gibbs from The Village have founded the Pride of Bury Awards and now they need your help.

If you know someone who has gone above and beyond, whether it’s a child who has called 999 after a loved one has been injured, or a fundraiser who has jumped out of a plane or abseiled down a building we want to hear about it.

There are 10 categories in total with one winner being crowned the Joshua Wilson ultimate hero for 2015.

You can find out more on the Pride of Bury website here, as well as finding out how to nominate (online, by post or over the phone … we don’t care – just do it!).

Tough Mudder

On 13th September we have a group of crazies doing the Tough Mudder challenge in aid of TJWBTC.  There are no words for how tough this challenge is, and our amazing teams have been training hard to be ready for the ordeal.  We even have it on good authority there have been early morning training sessions and a reduction in drinking hours!  Now that’s dedication!

If you would like to support #TeamArnott you can do so by clicking here.  Equally, if anyone else is taking part on behalf of the charity please let us know and we will share your details via our social media.  And don’t forget to send us your photos of your training!

Look who has his own billboard

A number of local businesses have clubbed together and have paid for a SuperJosh bill board to take pride of place by Moorgate traffic lights.  Keep an eye out for our hero – why not grab a photo of it with a thumbs up and send it over to us or share it on social media.  We’d love to see them!

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Here to help

There are many things that we can do to help families that are going through their own journey.

With the money that we raise through your donations and the fundraising we do we can give families grants for hospital expenses and travel.  Did you know that a two week stay can cost over £200 in parking charges, meals and petrol?  Not to mention the potential loss of income if time has been taken off unpaid from work!

Sainsbury’s Big Ride

Team Sainsbury’s are going on a big bike ride around their North West stores on the 12thand 13th September.

The first day is Approx. 70 miles. Route is – Start at Eagle at 9am-New Mills-Romiley-Hazel Grove-Bramhall-Cheadle-Cheadle local-Urmston-Timperley-Hale-Wilmslow and finishing in Macclesfield.

Day 2 approx 20 miles.  Route is – start at Stockport at 10amBirchfield- Fallowfield- Withington- Oxford- Piccadilly- Whitworth- First Street- Mosley Street- Cross Street- HRSS- Sedgley-Deansgate- Overseas and finishing at Salford Store.

Anyone who is interested in riding please get in touch and we will go through the registration #TeamSuperJosh with you.

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That’s all folks…

Well, that’s it for another issue. Enjoy the rest of your week and hope you have a great Bank Holiday weekend.  Our superheroes will be in Tesco’s Bury this Saturday handing out leaflets about the Pride of Bury Awards, some pop on down and say hello if you get a chance.

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