Unsung Hero recognition for SuperJosh Mum, Dawn
Dawn Fidler, mum of Bury’s own Josh Wilson – SuperJosh, has been recognised at an event at the Houses of Parliament hosted by Her Majesty’s Leader of the Opposition, Rt Hon. Ed Miliband MP, leader of the Labour Party.
The Local Heroes Reception is an initiative by the Labour Party to enable their MPs and representatives to nominate unsung Heroes in their own constituencies to recognise and honour the contribution that these people make to society.
Dawn was chosen by Bury North’s Labour Parliamentary Candidate, James Frith, as his Unsung Hero. Around 150 MPs, Parliamentary Candidates and their unsung heroes attended representing constituencies across the country. Ed Miliband MP gave his thanks to all those attending for their commitment and the often unsung work they do in the communities they represent.
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.
At the Local Heroes Reception, held on Wednesday 14th January, Dawn was introduced to Ed Miliband MP and told him of the charity set up by her son Josh, to help other children and families like him.
Dawn Fidler said “I was honoured to be invited by James to attend the Unsung Heroes reception. It was great to take the Charity and Josh’s memory to House of Commons & it was fantastic to have the opportunity to meet Ed Miliband & his team to talk about Josh’s Charity & raise awareness about the need for more Changing Places across the county.”
James Frith said “Josh and Dawn are inspirations to Bury and deserve every bit of praise they continue to receive. The existence of the charity now means at the point at which families receive the devastating diagnosis of a brain tumour, they are no longer alone left trying to work things out for themselves. Instead, Dawn and the Charity are there to provide support, advice and guidance – a much-needed helping hand. I was delighted to be able to select Dawn for this recognition and was proud to introduce her at the reception. Through all that Dawn continues to do in Josh’s name, in the eyes of the people of Bury, Dawn is very much SuperDawn in the same way as Josh was SuperJosh.”
The Joshua Wilson Brain Tumour Charity relies on the support of local people to enable to provide the services offered.
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