Football funds for Josh’s charity pot

West Hallam Junior Football Club have made a cheque presentation to the Josh Jones Foundation. Pictured front l-r is Josh Jones 13, his cousin Michael Noon, Jason Smith treasurer and Matt Searby chairman.
West Hallam Junior Football Club have made a cheque presentation to the Josh Jones Foundation. Pictured front l-r is Josh Jones 13, his cousin Michael Noon, Jason Smith treasurer and Matt Searby chairman.

Friends of a sport loving teenager from Ilkeston who has battled cancer have raised money for a trust set up in his name.

Josh Jones, 13, a student at Heanor Gate Science College is recovering from T cell lymphoma.

West Hallam Junior Football Club, who he used to play for, raised £1,300 for the Josh Jones Foundation by holding a fun day in June.

His aunty, Tanya Noon, said: “Josh used to play for West Hallam and all the lads wanted to do something to help raise money to assist and a football day seemed a great way in which to bring everyone together.

“The event was a great way to raise awareness of teenage cancers and how local people can make a difference from some fun activities.

“People from the football club and residents were able to get involved and raise money towards the new teenage cancer ward that will be opened at the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham and for equipment to be used in the rehabilitation unit.

“ We were proud of everyone’s endeavours and Josh was able to attend and witness the support given.

“We wish to thank everyone associated in making this happen and for giving up their time in raising funds which will make a difference.”

In February 2012, doctors found a mass in Joshua’s chest and he was diagnosed with a fast-growing cancer. He has been in and out of hospital since then.

Joshua lost three stone in weight and was told that the chemotherapy had killed one third of his body.

He is still on chemotherapy tablets as he recovers.