Dream trip comes true for brave Josh

Fundraiser John Rogers after taking part in Movember.
Fundraiser John Rogers after taking part in Movember.

BRAVE battler Josh Dawson is going to live his dream thanks to the incredible generosity of fundraisers.

The battling Seaton Carew schoolboy is in the middle of the fight of his short life, undergoing gruelling radiotherapy after being diagnosed with an ependymoma, a tumour of the brain’s support cells.

But his family are now able to organise a fantastic well-deserved trip away for the five-year-old after it was revealed more than £12,000 has been raised in support of Josh.

Josh’s mum, Michaela Dawson, said she is “so grateful” for the huge amount of support Josh has received.

She is now waiting for the youngster’s consultant to give the go-ahead as to whether his dream trip will be a train journey to Euro Disney and Legoland Denmark or whether he can fly to Legoland USA.

The lego-mad Holy Trinity Primary School pupil could even enjoy the holiday-of-a-lifetime as early as January or February next year.

Kind-hearted cabbie John Rogers, 45, and his wife Joanne, 40, have been leading the fundraising activities for Josh.

A race night last week raised just short of £4,000 while £1,000 from town firm Heerema helped to boost the fund.

Richard Fairbrass from 1990s pop group Right Said Fred has even got in on act, donating £100.

And a hairy month of fundraising from a group of 31 men, including John, who took part in Movember in aid of Josh, raised a hugely impressive £7,000.

John, a dad of Lilli-Jo, five, who lives in Lawson Road, in Hartlepool, and is close friends of Josh’s family, said: “We are absolutely over the moon, we were expecting to beat the £6,000 target we set, but never dreamt it would be so soon.

“We are so pleased and there are still more donations coming in.”

John said the holiday for Josh, his mum Michaela and his older sister Stephanie Burns, 20, will cost £3,100 alone.

Efforts are also being made for Josh to enjoy a lorry ride in a Stobart truck.

Any extra money raised is going to be spent on equipment for Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary.

Josh currently travels to Newcastle every day for radiotherapy at the Freeman Hospital.

“I’d like to thank everyone who donated, it’s been a fantastic outcome,” added John.

“Now we just pray for a good outcome with Josh’s treatment as well hopefully.”

John paid particular thanks to Graeme and Nicola Measor who have helped with the fundraising.

Josh’s mum Michaela said: “I am so grateful and over the moon for what Joanne, John and my daughter have done for Josh.”

It is hoped the fund is going to be boosted yet again when The Schooner pub, in Warrior Drive, raffles off a Christmas Day meal for six.