Mum's skydive for Joshua Wilson

Dawn Fidler and Steve Hankey from Skydive North West

Dawn Fidler and Steve Hankey from Skydive North West

First published in News Bury Times: Photograph of the Author by , reporter

A PROUD Bury mum jumpedat the chance to mark the 10th anniversary of her son undergoing surgery for a brain tumour.

Daring Dawn Fidler undertook a 14,500ft tandem skydive, appropriately carried out on Mother’s Day, and is set to raise £2,000 for the brain tumour charity bearing the name of her son, Joshua Wilson.

Dawn, together with charity supporters Jolene Minshall and Karen Boylanv, who were aiming to raise an additional £500, took part in the skydive in the Lake District on Sunday.

It was in March, 2004 that 13-year-old Joshua, of Walshaw Road, Bury, was diagnosed with a brain stem tumour.

Dawn recalled: “The day we found out marked the start of a journey we could never have imagined — such an emotional rollercoaster of heartbreak, pain and yet, celebration too.

“March 30 was the 10-year anniversary of his brain surgery, the day that changed our world for ever.

“Left with a recurring brain tumour, complex neuro-muscular post surgery disabilities, chronic lung problems, severe scoliosis, epilepsy, visual impairment to name just a few, Josh has been challenged with ongoing medical and physical problems that culminated in us nearly losing him several times over the Christmas period.”

Dawn continued: “Josh is my total inspiration. To honour how brave, strong and incredibly determined my boy is, I marked the brain surgery anniversary date and Mother’s Day by jumping out a plane at 14,500ft. It was an amazing experience, scary but unreal and the views over the Lakes were just incredible.”

l People with an appetite for fundraising can take part in an event for Joshua’s brain tumour charity to be staged at Ronnies Rolls in Bolton Road, Bury, on Sunday, April 27. For £15, they can tackle a Super Josh breakfast challenge which includes 10 slices of bacon and sausage, five eggs, four Spam slices, black pudding, hash browns, toast, two slices of fried bread, mushrooms, tomatoes, beans and bread and butter — all washed down with tea or coffee.

Owner Sam Foster, who used to care for Joshua in the holidays and after school, said: “It’s such an amazing charity and I’m proud to be able to do something to help Joshua with his cause.”

l Kind-hearted Haslingden schoolgirl Isla Vincent, aged eight, has helped to raise £500 for the brain tumour charity by the sale of coloured rubber band bracelets which she made, donations by her mum and dad Joanne and Michael, Michael’s employers, JD Williams, and through other donations.

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