Big bang brings in £400 for Josie fund

A gamekeeper from North Northumberland is the latest donor to boost the Josie Grove Leukaemia Fund - by staging a shoot for charity.

Joe Wasylowski, who works on the Fenton Estate near Wooler, Northumberland

A gamekeeper from North Northumberland is the latest donor to boost the Josie Grove Leukaemia Fund - by staging a shoot for charity.

Joe Wasylowski, who works on the Fenton Estate near Wooler, was touched by The Journal's coverage of the Corbridge teenager, and her decision to forego further treatment up until her death, aged just 16, a week ago.

With 25 guns taking to the field early last Saturday, the shoot raised over £400 for the fund, which this week topped £20,000.

They included people from neighbouring estates in the Northumberland hills, as well as friends and workers from the Fenton estate.

The 42-year-old married father of one, who lives at Fenton, said: "We have a charity shoot every year, where we donate to causes such as the air ambulance. When we read about Josie in The Journal, it was easy to choose our next target.

"We have all been moved by Josie's bravery and her plight. Hers is a sad story, but also one which carries a lot of hope.

"It strikes home because so many people are touched by cancer, and it's terrible to see such a young person affected.

"We were just glad to do our bit for what is a very worthy cause."

Josie, a former pupil of Queen Elizabeth High School, Hexham, had her first bone marrow transplant at the Royal Marsden Hospital in Surrey in February 2005.

It came after her newly-born brother Charlie proved to a be a 100% donor match and doctors were able to take cells from the umbilical cord.

But the transplant, and one from an anonymous donor proved unsuccessful.

After trying to come to terms with even more intensive treatment in October last year, Josie took the decision to forego any further procedures.

She said she simply wanted to spend her remaining time at home, enjoying time with her family and friends.

The courageous youngster passed away last week, ending her two-year battle with cancer.

A moving celebration of her inspirational life took place at St Andrew's Church, Corbridge, on Monday.


You make a big difference to young lives

We are inviting you to help raise even more money for Josie's fund, which will go towards vital leukaemia research and helping others suffering from the disease.

Anyone wishing to sponsor our columnist David Banks in his effort to shed the pounds in aid of the Josie Grove Leukaemia Fund should fill in the form here and return it to The Journal, saying how much money you are pledging.

Alternatively, you can let us know what fitness-related fundraising method you have come up with to raise cash.

It could be a sponsored swim, a sponsored football match or even a sponsored bungee jump.

Please contact The Journal newsdesk with in formation of any events you have arranged to boost the fund.

Sponsorship forms are available by email or post from The Journal.

To get involved, contact the newsdesk on (0191) 201-6344 or email

You may send cheques payable to The Dove Trust (registered charity 287401) - Josie Grove Leukaemia Fund written on the back - to The Journal, PO Box 1146, Newcastle, NE99 1ET


Donations are continuing to flood in from Journal readers

The latest to have made a contribution are:

HN & ME Tweddle, Cornsay Village, Durham £20.00

Mr A Moffat £50.00

Chris Wood, Ouston, County Durham £10.00

Joseph William Elliott

4 Broadway, Blyth £20.00

Mr & Mrs Byrne £5.00

J V Clark, Dinnington, £10.00

Mr R Wells £30.00

Mrs B Main £25.00

T A Heatherington, West Boldon, South Tyneside £10.00

Anon £40.00

Liz Deller £10.00

Anon £25.00

M&J Etherington, South Murton, Seaham £10.00

The Twelve Bores, Northumberland £50.00

Anon £25.00

Mrs M Lang, Penrith, Cumbria £10.00

Mrs J Smith, Gosforth £20.00

Maureen Gilholme, Castle Dene, Prudhoe £40.00

The Journal's appeal now stands at £20,869.22


David Whetstone
Culture Editor
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