Joshua Wilson was a very happy and normal 3 ½ year old when, unfortunately, he was diagnosed with a brain stem brain tumour. Following life-saving surgery to remove the tumour, Josh was left with numerous post-operative complications, which presented a wide range of challenges for Josh and his family.
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 went on to raise £100,000 in its first year of existence, and has now raised over £300,000 and helped 1,000 children and their families.
From Christmas 2013, Dawn was told seven times in eight months that her son only had 48 hours to live but Josh defied all odds and was nicknamed “SuperJosh” for his sheer determination to enjoy life to the full and make the world smile. Josh turned 14 in August 2014, but, sadly, he passed away in November of the same year.
Now that Josh has gone, Dawn, Josh’s family and all the charity’s supporters have continued the work of the charity in his legacy. Dawn said, “It is amazing to be the centre of so much support and we are delighted to see the work Josh was so passionate about carry on in his name.”
Daniel Bowerbank, Bury FC's Business Development Manager, added, “Each season we, as a club, select a local Charity and we felt Dawn and The Joshua Wilson Brain Tumour Charity would be a perfect fit. Dawn already works closely with a lot of the clubs sponsors and we will be looking to host additional events with her here at Gigg Lane such as Tribute Nights, Family Fun Days and much more and we look forward to working with Dawn and the team over the coming season.”
Dawn Fidler added, “It is such an honour to be chosen as The Shakers charity of the year. Bury FC is such a huge part of the community that Josh loved and he would be made up to be part of their team. We can’t wait to start working together and we are really looking forward to what the next 12 months will bring and we would like to extend our thanks to everyone who was involved in making this happen.”
To find out more about The Joshua Wilson Brain Tumour Charity click here.