Joshua takes on a triathlon in memory of his grandad

Young fundraiser Joshua Coley took on an intense challenge to say thank you to the nurses at The Hospice Charity Partnership who cared for his beloved grandad Terry

Seven-year-old Joshua Coley has raised an outstanding £2,601.47 in memory of his Grandad.

Joshua’s Grandad Terry was a very special man. He adored his grandchildren and they adored him.

Terry was diagnosed with skin cancer in January 2020, and he committed that he would fight it right to the bitter end and he would do so with dignity.

During the final few weeks of Terry’s life, when the inevitability of his passing became evident, he decided that rather than being hospital he wanted to be at home, with his family. His wish was to die with dignity, surrounded by those that loved him most.

This would not have been possible without the support, dedication and kindness of the John Taylor Hospice and their wonderful staff.

Joshua’s mum, Poppy says that they as a family will be eternally grateful.

“Joshua misses his grandad every day, we all deal with grief in different ways, and Joshua’s mechanism is to ‘do something’. He wanted a way to thank the wonderful nurses who cared for his grandad.

“Joshua is our Duracell bunny, always on the go and naturally athletic, and we told him if he was to ask for sponsorship then he needed to challenge himself.

“So, at 7 years old, he completed the sprint triathlon designed for 15 year olds.”

The challenge started with a 400m swim in an outdoor pool, then a 10-mile cycle and finally a 3 mile run. This challenge is actually designed for 15 year olds, so Joshua completing it at 7 years old is a fantastic achievement!

When asked how long it took to complete, Joshua said ‘all morning!’

Joshua took on a practice run before the challenge to see what he could do, and realised he found it so easy, that he doubled the goal! He prepared for the challenge by training on his bike with his friends.

When asked why Joshua took on the challenge, he said “I just love my grandad, and wanted to raise money for the hospice.”

Joshua and his brother James also raised an extra £200 for his total by selling his toys on his front drive.

This fantastic total of £2,601.47 could pay for two people to have round-the-clock expert palliative and end of life care on one of our inpatient units.

Everyone at The Hospice Charity Partnership is so proud of Joshua for his amazing efforts, and we are delighted to hear that he would like to do the challenge again in the future, but ‘more difficult next time.’

If you are inspired by Joshua’s story and want to get involved, please email fundraising@johntaylorhosice.org.uk

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