This weekend is Manchester’s annual Gay Pride festival, with thousands of LGBTQ+ supporters taking to the street’s of Manchester to show their support & help celebrate/raise money for the LGBTQ+ community.
This year, I have the great privilege of joining The Joshua Wilson Brain Tumour Charity on their float as part of the Manchester Pride Parade. I’m so excited to meet everyone from the SuperJosh team and to help show support and raise money for a fantastic cause.
so I thought I’d write a post to introduce you guys to this amazing charity, and give you some info on who they are, what they do and how you can get involved in helping support them.
Who is #SuperJosh?
In 2004, at just 3 years old, Joshua Wilson was diagnosed with a brain stem tumour. Life – saving surgery to remove the tumour left Josh with serious post-surgery disabilities. Josh’s parents Dawn and Colin, then set out on a new journey, living with their son who now had complex needs, bringing costly challenges and difficult battles to fight to ensure he had the best possible life.
Dawn and Colin were told 7 times in 11 months that their son only had 48 hours to live, Josh defied all odds earning his nickname SuperJosh and he turned 14 in August of 2014 but very sadly passed away in November.
The Joshua Wilson Brain Tumour Charity was set up by Josh’s mum Dawn, with the aim of helping other families living with childhood brain tumours, post surgery disabilities and others along his journey.
Since his passing, Dawn and Josh’s other family & friends have maintained their commitment to his Charity and continue to help many children, young people and their families in his name.
So far, the charity has raised an amazing £450,000 and have helped support over 1,490 families along the way – and wish to carry on this amazing and much needed support for many more years to come.
How Can You Help?
This amazing charity relies on the support of the public/organisations which help fund the much needed work that the charity carries out, every day.
To make a donation to the Joshua Wilson Brain Tumour Charity you can:
Donate by text: To donate right now, text SJBT13 followed by £1, £2, £5 or £10 to 70070
To carry out some fundraising of your own for the charity, you can download a THUMBraiser Fundraising Pack HERE
And if you need any help, would like to know more about the charity and how you can get involved, or for fundraising idea’s, you can contact them at:
0161 763 8787
The Joshua Wilson Brain Tumour Charity
Bury Business Lodge
Bury, BL9 5BT
After the weekend I’m going to write another post covering my time on the float with the SuperJosh charity and show you all what we got up to on the day.
I’d be really grateful if those of you reading this could help support this amazing cause by either donating or fundraising via the methods above, or even by just sharing this post and helping spread the word of this amazing charity via the social links below.
The Charity has lots of supporters, including some famous faces – Coronation Street beauts Cath Tyldesley, Tisha Merry, and my BBF Katie McGlynn, amongst others, all from the brill Vital Management headed by Laura Graham, have taken part in some amazing fund raising alongside the charity, including a 50KM trek over the Brecen Beacons.
You can follow the Joshua Wilson Brain Tumour Charity on TWITTER
And visit the website, HERE