Josh race night raring to go

Josh with his Mum Michaela Dawson. Picture by FRANK REID
Josh with his Mum Michaela Dawson. Picture by FRANK REID

CELEBRITIES are among the well-wishers who have shown their support for a Hartlepool schoolboy who is battling a brain tumour.

Five-year-old Josh Dawson, of Seaton Carew, is undergoing radiotherapy.

A host of fundraising events is planned to send the Holy Trinity Primary School pupil, who lives with mum Michaela Dawson, 46, and sister Stephanie Burns, 20, to Legoland Florida after he has finished his treatment.

This includes a charity race night, which will take place tomorrow from 7pm at The Schooner, in Warrior Drive, and is being organised by family friend John Rogers, 45, and his wife Joanne, 40, parents of Josh’s classmate Lilli-Jo, five.

Meanwhile, messages of support have been flooding into the website set up by cabbie John, of Lawson Road.

They include a message from 90s band Right Said Fred, whose lead singer Fred Fairbrass lost his partner Stuart Pantry to cancer.

It reads: “We hope that everything goes well over the coming weeks and months!!! Have a great Christmas too!”

Another message came from BBC Radio 2 presenter Zoe Ball, who wrote: “Much love to dear j xxx Zoe Ball.”

Plans are well under way to ensure tomorrow’s race night is a success. John said: “It is going really well – we have sold more than 200 tickets.”

There will be an auction of a Ricky Hatton boxing glove, a poster donated by The Jam’s Bruce Foxton and Hartlepool United goalkeeper Scott Flinders’s gloves.

To donate or to buy a £3 ticket for tomorrow, call John on 07775 905778 or email