Amazing response to fund-raising in memory of Joshua

HEARTBROKEN family and friends who have embarked on a fund-raising crusade in memory of a baby boy look set to smash their target after an amazing public response.

Joshua Prime, from Alnwick, was just seven-and-a-half months old when he died from meningitis earlier this year.

His death left parents Rachael and Darren devastated and rocked the community.

Those who knew and loved the youngster hoped to raise £7,500 through the Joshua James Prime Forever Fund to support Meningitis UK.

But Joshua’s tragic story has sparked a phenomenal response from the community and beyond.

More than £5,500 has poured in to the cause in less than two months.

Mum Rachael said: “It’s touched a lot of people and the generosity from everyone wanting to help is amazing. It’s a bit overwhelming.

“We aimed to get the £7,500 within a year as Joshua was only seven-and-a-half months old when he died.

“We’re going to keep on fund-raising, raising awareness and will do anything, no matter how small, to try to help stop this happening to another family.”

Last month, more than £2,000 was raised in Alnwick in one day, thanks to a raffle organised by Julie Avery, from Kiddies Kabin, and supported by local businesses, as well as a charity bucket run throughout the town by Jodie Davies and Andrea Renton.

Further afield, a fancy dress bucket run around pubs in Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, was organised by aunt Becky Wells and raised £900.

She also collected more than £600 by organising a Colour My Friday event at 3M in Bedford, where she works.

The charity mission will continue outside of Northumberland too, with kind-hearted Biggleswade folk pledging to take part in the Great North Run, as well as a sky dive, in Joshua’s memory, while a fund-raising event – A Night to Remember – has also been planned in October.

Closer to home, a charity night is being held at the LYH pub on Northumberland Road in Newcastle, on Friday, July 1, to raise money for the cause.

It will feature raffles, auctions, cakes, leg-waxing and live music from The Soviets, Hattie Murdoch, Ian Courtney and Lesley Roley, who have given up their time and talent to help out.

Tickets, limited to 100, are £3 and can be bought from LYH or by contacting the venue on 0191 2321308.

You can donate to the Joshua James Prime Forever Fund at http://meningitisuk.tributefunds.com/fund/Joshua+James+Prime/showFund/