SuperJosh News: Issue No. 2
Welcome to the second issue of The SuperJosh News!
My goodness this week has gone quickly – I can’t believe it’s Friday already. And that means it’s time for the second edition of The SuperJosh News!
There’s a lot to pack in to this week’s issue, but first we just want to say that the response to this new addition to our website has been really well received. Glad you are liking it and already finding it useful to keep up to date with the happenings at the charity.
Now we’ve said that it’s time to grab a cuppa and a comfy chair, sit back, relax and read all about our news.
I am delighted to say that our Thumbraiser section is bursting this week with all your news.
First off we want to say a huge SuperJosh thank you to Insight UK who have chosen us as their charity for 2015. This Manchester based company are one of the UK’s leading providers of IT products and services and they reliably inform us they have a lot of wacky fundraising initiatives planned for this year.
They have already kicked off their campaign with a £2,000 donation which we have used to fund the purchase of a Teenage Entertainment Pack for the Young Oncology Unit at The Christie. Dawn and Josh’s experiences showed that often teenagers have less to do whilst on the hospital wards as events and activities tend to be geared more towards the younger children or adults. These packages contain TV’s, XBox’s, DVDs, Books, Games etc and other items which are perfect for this age group.
Penelope Hart-Spencer, Play Specialist and Paediatric Support Coordinator, at The Christie said
“The entertainment package has brought so much happiness to our patients and given them lots of things to do and look forward to doing whilst on treatment. The range of games, DVDs and consoles was superb. The items were carefully chosen to be age appropriate and our patients are thrilled with them. We thank Dawn and the team at The Joshua Wilson Brain Tumour Charity and the team at Insight for their kindness and generosity and for thinking of our patients here on the Palatine Ward”
We also want to give a big thumbsup to Paul Speed who recently completed the Rotterdam Marathon for Josh. Paul said he “suffered in the last 6 miles” but he still managed to complete it in an impressive 4 hours and 52 minutes. Paul was thrilled to have smashed his initial fundraising target and is now able to donate over £300 to Josh’s charity.
Thank you so much!
Following in Paul’s footsteps we also have the amazing Ben Eaves, aged 7 from Salford who ran the mini marathon in Manchester for Josh on Saturday. His efforts have raised another £200 for the charity so thank you. We are all so proud of you Ben, well done!
More nutty runners include three solicitors who took to the pavements to raise even more funds.
Emma Pike from local firm Woodcocks, Howarth & Nuttall recently completed the Manchester 10K in 1 hour and 10 minutes (that includes a quick wee stop!) and has raised £300 on our behalf. We really appreciate it, but want to know if you did a Paula Radcliffe 😉
And carrying on with their Challenges for SuperJosh Emma Cordock and Natalie Owens from AFG Law completed the Rat Race at the weekend (despite having only just done the Paris Marathon!). Having seen the bruises on Emma’s legs as a result – we are in absolute awe! Thank you, thank you, thank you Team NatEm.
Phew! I feel like I’ve just run a marathon after telling you about all that!
Here to Help
As you know the Joshua Wilson Brain Tumour Charity was set up so Josh could give help and hope to children and families who have brain tumours or post-surgery disabilities.
One family we recently helped was that of Hugo Porcher Smith.
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 or go swimming.
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 a post-treatment holiday grant from Josh’s charity, the family will be enjoying a beach holiday when his treatment is complete.
Hugo’s Dad, Edward said that knowing 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.”
This is one of the things we are always thrilled to be able to help with and Dawn said “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!”
We hope they will send us some photos when they get back.
This week Dawn found out that 11 year old Ami-Jayne Gibbs from Bury had written a story about Josh, which has been published in the Lancashire version of the Young Writers Once Upon a Time!
Dawn said “I was totally overwhelmed when I heard and read such a fantastic story, it brought a tear to my eye but I know Josh will be absolutely loving having his own superhero story!! Thank you Ami-Jayne.”
Sam, Ami-Jayne’s Mum and manager at The Village Hotel in Bury said “I was super proud when Ami-Jayne showed me the story about SuperJosh. Ami-Jayne only got to meet Josh a few times, but his story and the tireless work Dawn and the Tumbraisers do has had a huge impact on her.”
We all think that Ami-Jayne has a bright writing career ahead of her – maybe she can come and help me out with the SuperJosh news in the future!
Now seems like a good time to remind you that the 10th Annual Forever Bury Beer Festival is taking place today and tomorrow. Josh’s Outstanding Beer will also be on sale at the SuperJosh stand so make sure you pop on over and say hello!
While we are on the subject of alcohol, last night saw the official launch of the SuperJosh cocktail designed by the super talented Matt from The Clarence, Bury.
At a fundraising event held in The Fallen Angel last night, and sponsored by Bakewell Carpet Care locals were given the opportunity to sample the cocktail containing gin and amaretto. It was definitely a resounding success and £681 was raised to purchase an iPad for local brain tumour sufferer Stuart.
The Cocktails are now on sale at both The Clarence and Automatic.
That’s all folks…
Remember Woodstock is taking place on 24th May (just over a week) and we have lots going on. Check out our latest annoucements on the event here. We have some very special guests lined up for the day!
Don’t forget to get in touch if you are holding an event or doing anything that you think our SuperJosh family should know about!