Bluebell Wood young adult takes to the skies for charity

A brave 18-year-old, diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, complex medical needs and who is TPN dependent, will be hitting speeds of 130mph to fundraise for Bluebell Wood; a charity very close to his heart.

Josh Fox of Doncaster, who is supported by Bluebell Wood in Sheffield, will be taking part in the Wing Walk in May. This will include pulse-pounding series of thrilling aerobatic manoeuvres.

The teenager was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease at just three years old and was referred to Bluebell Wood in 2013 for respite after several life changing surgeries. He also attends Bluebell Wood’s young adult group, which gives him the chance to interact and relax with people of a similar age.

The 18-year-old will complete the ultimate thrill ride on Saturday 28th May at Leeds East Airport, Yorkshire. It is the first time that Josh has ever done something like this but he is confident as the money raised will help support children just like himself.

Josh currently attends Doncaster College three days a week studying business admin with dreams to set up his own business in the future. His lifelong dream has always been to become a pilot.

After being told he would never be able to fly, he recently enjoyed taking to the skies for the first time, by flying a helicopter. Being able to do this was such special experience.

When asked why Josh wanted to take on this adrenaline filled act he said, “There’s no point in living if you don’t feel alive and you never know what’s going to be around the corner.”

“I am really hoping that I will be able to reach my target of £5,000 for Bluebell Wood this year as I want to give something back for the amazing memories I’ve made with them.”

Rachel, Josh’s mum, said: “I am so nervous, as any mum would be, but I understand his reasons for wanting to take on this huge challenge for such a worthy cause.

“After being given less than 24 hours to live, twice, Josh has defied all odds and wants to continue doing so. Whenever he’s told he won’t be able to do something, he always finds a way around it – I am so proud of him for this.”

To sponsor Josh on his Just Giving page, please follow the link https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/joshfox1.

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