Joshua Summer party brings in more than £900 for holiday fund

Young revellers enjoy the bouncy castles at a fundraiser for five year old  Johua Smith at the Forest Town Arena. Joshua suffers from a rare brain condition and his family are fundraising to take him on what could be his last holiday.
Young revellers enjoy the bouncy castles at a fundraiser for five year old Johua Smith at the Forest Town Arena. Joshua suffers from a rare brain condition and his family are fundraising to take him on what could be his last holiday.

Five-year-old Joshua Smith is a little closer to enjoying what could be his last ever family holiday before he faces up to an eight-hour brain operation, thanks to a host of fundraisers

Joshua from Forest town has a rare brain condition called Moyamoya and hs family want to take him on a holiday before his operation in Sheffield in September.

A Summer Party held at the Forest town Arena recently raised almost £1,000 and his mum Tina says more substantial donations are in the pipeline.

Tina told Chad: “The Summer party was a very successful day the day was brilliant all the children thoroughly enjoyed themselves and we raised a whopping £963.77.”

“We had face painting , jewellery , balloon making entertainment we had a bouncy castle, popcorn and candy floss donated by novelties and bounce. AIR WE GO provided castles and sumo suits which were a lot of fun and a Spider-Man mascot which Joshua particularly enjoyed ,

“Liam O Callaghan Joshua’s dad was in the stocks having buckets of water thrown at him.”

The plight of Joshua who is at a high risk of stroke and seizures has moved a whole community.

Tina said: “The doctors have said we can take him on holiday with his family first whilst he’s capable of enjoying it to the full.”

Moyamoya disease is a progressive disorder caused by blocked arteries at the base of the brain and symptoms include strokes and mini-strokes and seizures.

Joshua has already had one stroke at the age of 10 months and there is a higher risk of stroke after the operation due to the brain adjusting to the eight-hour operation.

Tina recently raised £93 at an event at Fisher Lane Park, bringing the total raised so far to around £3,500.

Forest Town dad Chris Vincent is planning to run a half marathon in Derby on 15th of June. Visit http://www.gofundme.com/pzbjtc