SuperJosh Awarded MBE For Voluntary Service
The Manchester-based Joshua Wilson Brain Tumour Charity , affectionately known as SuperJosh , has been awarded The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.
The small charity was set up by 13 year old Joshua Wilson and his mum Dawn Fidler in 2013 after their own 10 year journey through ill health to help other families, before Josh sadly died a year later.
His amazing team of volunteers now continue to passionately help poorly children, and their families, in Joshs’ legacy.
It is not the biggest charity in Britain, but its labour of love, led by Josh’s mother, means it has received national acclaim, and has been awarded the prestigious The Queens Award for Voluntary Service.
This eminent award recognises excellence in volunteer activities carried out by community groups, and is the MBE for volunteer groups.
The award was created by Her Majesty The Queen in 2002, to celebrate the anniversary of her Coronation.
SuperJosh was chosen by a committee chaired by news presenter and journalist Sir Martyn Lewis.
An email from Buckingham Palace said; ”The work your group does for the community was very much admired by the independent Assessment Committee.
“The award represents a tremendous achievement for your organisation. We hope that everyone involved, and particularly your volunteers, will feel immensely proud of the recognition this award represents.”
An astounded Dawn had to read the email several times, before realising its significance and said:
”The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is a true testament to our amazing team who continue to dedicate their time and passion selflessly to help make our events and our work supporting families a success.
“This is the ultimate way of thanking our team for everything they give and do. I would love more than anything to be sharing this moment with my boy Josh, but know he will be so so proud of us all and his powerful legacy.”
SuperJosh founder Dawn and her grandmother have been invited to attend a Buckingham Palace Garden Party on June 5.
Dawn will receive The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service from one of the Queen’s Lord Lieutenants at a ceremony in Manchester, on the 29th August.
The charity’s patron, Manchester-based businessman, Sacha Lord said:
”When I first heard about Josh’s story and his battle against his brain tumour, I felt compelled to help the cause.
“This recognition from the highest level acknowledges Josh’s legacy and the immense time and effort put in by the volunteers.
“I come across and work with a few charities, but the team behind SuperJosh are by far the most passionate and driven, and I am proud of being part of Josh’s cause.
“SuperJosh is like one huge extended family. Volunteering is so important because it helps small charities, and good causes, survive.”
One of the SuperJosh volunteers is Rebecca Simpson from Bury. She said:
“We love working with the SuperJosh charity. Dawn is an old school friend and we had the pleasure of knowing Joshua too. He was a real superhero, who worked tirelessly to help other children like himself, despite the challenges he faced.
“The work the charity does is amazing and extremely humbling. We’ve seen first hand through meeting families, what a difference the charity makes to the children and their families through house adaptations, care packages, counselling sessions etc.
“It’s great to have our own children involved too and for them to see how there are others out there who need our help through fundraising.
“The SuperJosh charity isn’t just a fundraising organisation, it’s a real family who make a huge difference and have lots of fun along the way.”
Another volunteer and Mum to one of the families the Charity supports, is Pamela Yates from Leigh:
“We volunteer because not only can it help raise money and awareness, which benefits so many families in so many ways, but we also want to give back to charity that helped our family when we needed it. We love giving our time to help this amazing cause.
”This charity helped my family when we needed it, and now we want to give back.”
SuperJosh corporate sponsor and supporter Mark Rybczynski, Director of Rehabilitation for Independence, added his praise stating:
“I’ve been involved with the SuperJosh charity for many years, and I’m very proud to be part of something so special.
“The team is extremely passionate about continuing Josh’s legacy of helping others.
“The tireless hard work that Dawn and her team do to make every event special, makes me proud to be a part of the SuperJosh family.”