Growing support for Josh

Josh Dawson pictured at the launch of the Movember fundraiser at the Schooner, Seaton Carew.
Josh Dawson pictured at the launch of the Movember fundraiser at the Schooner, Seaton Carew.

THESE burly blokes will be a lot hairier by the end of the month after showing their support for a five-year-old suffering from a brain tumour.

Hartlepool schoolboy Josh Dawson is battling an ependymoma, a tumour of the brain’s support cells.

The Mail reported last month how the Seaton Carew youngster is facing a fight for survival after being diagnosed with the condition, which affects just 450 people in the UK each year.

A host of fundraising events are planned to help send the Holy Trinity Primary School pupil to Legoland Florida after he has finished a gruelling course of radiotherapy.

John Rogers, 45, and wife Joanne, 40, whose daughter Lilli-Jo, five, is in Josh’s class, are planning fundraisers to send Lego-mad Josh on the dream trip with his mum Michaela Dawson, 46, and sister Stephanie Burns, 20.

A race night will be held at The Schooner pub, in Warrior Drive, from 7pm on November 24.

Meanwhile 31 men, including cab driver John, have pledged to join in Movember by being sponsored to grow moustaches to raise money for Josh and their hairiness will be revealed on the race night.

Hartlepool man Graeme Measor is helping in the effort, as he was already planning to do Movember, but decided to pledge any funds to Josh who has been ill since August.

Graeme’s daughter Grace is in the same class and he and some of his friends have joined in the mammoth tash-growing effort.

Former school cook Michaela said: “I didn’t think anyone would help, but the level of support so far has been overwhelming.”

Joanne, a wedding photographer from Lawson Road, Seaton Carew, said: “Some of our friends are doing it as well, everyone has jumped on board.

“It’s not really a hard thing to do for men and if they all got sponsored £100 each, that’s £3,000 - well on the way to the target.”

Joanne added that some of the men will turn up in fancy dress on the race night, with their moustaches playing an integral part to their costume.

Josh began his first stage of radiotherapy on Monday and he and his mum are travelling to Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital every day for 20-minute doses until December 17.

He was well enough to meet some of the men growing moustaches in his honour.

Joanne said: “It was nice for him to meet the men, he knows they are all growing moustaches and it’s all for him to go on holiday.

“He was chuffed to bits.”

She added that funds are steadily building for Josh’s trip, with £1,500 in the bank and a further £1,500 pledged from other sources, including £500 from London-based Meridian Radio.

Tickets for the race night are £3 and available from John on 07775905778 or by emailing {mailto:|}.