“In October, my two beloved granddads very unfortunately passed away. Since then, my life has changed massively”.
- At just 9 years old, Joshua lost both of his Granddads in the same month after short illnesses brought both Malcolm Oxborough and Brian Gibbins into the care of Rotherham Hospice. Two Granddads who Josh adored and who adored Josh.
Josh tells us that since October last year,
“I’ve had no happy Granddads teasing me and telling me stories about their childhood. No cheerful Granddads sharing their delicious chocolates and biscuits with me.”
This February, Josh decided he wanted to raise money for the two charities that helped his Grandfathers, Cancer Research UK & Rotherham Hospice. He chose the difficult challenge of reading 7 books over 7 days…. ‘Book-a-Day’ Sponsored Read. Books included Dog Zombies Rule by Tom Gates, Farm Boy – The Sequel to War Horse, The Butterfly Lion, and more. Josh produced his own sponsor forms, gained sponsors, and planned the dates for the read; The February half term school holidays.
Josh successfully completed the challenge, reading all 7 books over 7 days, totalling a massive 21 hours and 1179 pages! As a result, Josh has raised an incredible £327 for Rotherham Hospice and £327 for Cancer Research, and it is all his doing. Josh tells us that the memory of his Grandfathers lives on:
“I have their voices, cheering me on in my activities, whether it be karate, dancing, or even the Santa Dash that I did in December for Rotherham Hospice. Whether it be at school in my mental maths tests, numeracy ninja tests, or my bulldog games at break. They will always be there with me, squeezing my hand tight, and encouraging me to do more and more.”
As our Hospice family grows, we welcome key fundraisers like Josh, whose kindness and support allow the Hospice to continue to provide the vital care across all services – from in patient care to Hospice at Home - that helped Josh’s grandfathers.
Thank you Joshua, from all of us here at Rotherham Hospice.