A GROUP of family and friends are planning to climb a mountain in memory of Joshua Court, who died in 2002 at the age of 18 months.
They have already raised more than £17,000 for the Sussex Snowdrop Trust before even starting their Kilimanjaro climb.
Helen Court, Josh’s mum, said: “My husband Michael and I wanted to do something significant and memorable because it was ten years ago that Josh lost his fight against cancer.
“We treasure the 18 months we had with Josh and will also always remember the support we received from the Sussex Snowdrop Trust.
“During his treatment, they provided financial and emotional support but, more importantly, they helped with medical care at home.
“Towards the end, they offered palliative care so Josh was able to live his last week at home.”
The members of Team Josh are Mark Court, Ashley Court, Dickie Daw, Marc Odin, Keith Goacher, Michael Court and Gary Tutt.
Matt Whindle was planning on joining the team, but injured his knee so will be unable to take part in the climb.
He is still supporting the team though, and raised £1,500 towards the total.
The rest of the team are busy planning and preparing for the expedition which is set to take place from February 3–-11.
Family friend Dickie Daw came up with the idea of the fundraising climb last year when his mother died of cancer.
“I wanted to do something for charity, but something personal,” he said.
“My mother loved children and I’ve known Josh’s family for years, so I thought ‘Why not raise money for Sussex Snowdrop Trust?’
“They are a small charity, and we want to raise around £23,000 at least. We’re going to raise some money and hopefully make a difference.”
Helen said: “We are hoping to get significant support for Team Josh.
“The Sussex Snowdrop Trust is a fantastic charity and we want to raise as much money as possible to enable them to continue to provide care and support to other families who find themselves in such extremely difficult and desperate situations.”
Anyone wishing to support and contribute to Team Josh’s fundraising activities can sponsor the individual climbers and pledge money on the team’s charity website at bmycharity.com/teamjosh2013