25 September 2017   |  Last Updated 19-02-2015 08:09

      Thursday 19, February 2015

      Salford rugby star's kit auction to help brain tumour charity


      SALFORD back Josh Griffin has added vital funds to a brain tumour charity by auctioning off his Red Devils kit on Twitter.

      Josh Griffin's 2014 kitbag, consisting of three different training shirts, raised £80 for the Joshua Wilson Brain Tumour charity after trustee Tony Kenny lodged the highest bid on Thursday 19 February.

      Josh Wilson, also known as SuperJosh, helped to raise an astounding £120,000 to support families and children suffering from brain tumours and post-surgery medical problems before he died in November 2014.

      Now cash raised in his memory will help families struggling with hospital expenses to get by.

      Josh's mum Dawn Fidler told SalfordOnline.com: "People assume that things like parking, food and fuel are covered, but they're not.

      "When you're spending a lot of time going back and forth to hospital the costs soon mount up.

      "It can cause a lot of extra stress at what is already a difficult period for families."

      The charity currently offers grants of £200 to help pay these expenses – people can get in touch direct or can be referred there by social workers.

      Josh Griffin told SalfordOnline.com he felt he had “a special bond” with his 14-year-old namesake: “I was fortunate enough to have met Josh on several occasions and he was an inspirational guy.

      “I also attended his funeral and found it to be very emotional, and I felt it was the right thing to do to raise money in his memory.

      “This kind of illness can affect anybody but it hits home when it affects somebody as young as Josh and I would urge everybody to contribute towards this most worthwhile of charities.”

      Dawn added that funds from the online auctions would also help towards creating more changing facilities for disabled people in public places.

      Salford and St Helens fans organised an emotional minute's applause in Josh's memory when the clubs clashed at the AJ Bell last week.

      His ashes were scattered at the stadium last December and all the Salford players are wearing ‘Super Josh’ UnderArmour shirts under their playing kit this season.

      Donations will help the charity to improve the lives of children with brain tumours and post-surgery disabilities through financial solutions for specialist equipment, house adaptations and advice.

      Since the launch of the charity in August 2013, it has raised over £90,000 through public fundraising alone while its patrons include Greater Manchester Police chief constable Sir Peter Fahy, Sky News reporter Kay Burley and Salford Red Devils club captain Adrian Morley.

      Dawn and her team are planning more fundraising events including a murder mystery weekend at the Village Hotel in Bury and a bucket collection at Salford’s rugby match against Leeds Rhinos on April 12.

      By Adam Higgins

      @Higgins_Adam95

      Published by Adam Higgins on 19-02-2015 08:09
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