Students support Josh

Fundraisers (left to right) Kirsty Lewis, Krystal Forster-George, Becky LLoyd and Jennifer McNeill. Picture by FRANK REID
Fundraisers (left to right) Kirsty Lewis, Krystal Forster-George, Becky LLoyd and Jennifer McNeill. Picture by FRANK REID

KIND students organised a fundraiser for a university project - and raised £580 for a youngster battling cancer.

Jennifer McNeill, 28, and three of her fellow tourism management students at Teesside University chose to organise an action-packed event in support of five-year-old Josh Dawson when they were given a brief for a project.

The Holy Trinity Primary School pupil was diagnosed with ependymoma, a tumour of the brain’s support cells, last year and thousands of pounds was pledged by generous fundraisers who wanted to send Josh on his dream trip to LegoLand.

And that fund, which is also supporting Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary, where Josh has been treated, was boosted even more by the efforts of Jennifer and Kirsty Lewis, 21, Krystal Forster-George, 22, and Becky Lloyd, 21.

“We didn’t really have an exact target beforehand but we thought if we could raise about £300 that would be good,” said Jennifer, a former Hartlepool College of Further Education student who lives at Hartlepool Marina.

“So to raise £580 was great.

“The whole event was just fantastic, we had a great turn-out and the Style Selektors played who were absolutely brilliant, as they always are.

“We set up a cupcake stall and we thought we had way too many cupcakes and we were going to be left with loads at the end, but we sold every single one of them.”

The university aspect of the fundraiser was for the girls to organise and run an event.

They are still waiting on the results of the project - but say those results come second to raising the cash.

“If we get a good grade from it then that’s a bonus,” said Jennifer.

“But the main thing for us was to raise as much money as we could for Josh.

“We read about his illness and it’s awful what he’s having to go through but with all of the money that has been raised for him in all of the different events, it shows how much support is there.”