The village of Egerton, Kent hosted a ‘Laugh a Minute’ event in support of local boy Josh - and raised over £4,500 for children and young people with cancer.
In February 2016, Josh, 11, was diagnosed with cancer in his bones and pelvis.
Cathy Hill, teaching assistant at Egerton Church of England Primary School, had worked with Josh and his twin brother, Ben, for many years.
Wanting to show her support, Cathy got together with good friend and neighbour to Josh and his family, Beryl Wynter, and came up with the idea of a ‘Laugh a Minute’ event.
The idea being that the whole village could get involved in a sponsored laugh to raise money for CLIC Sargent, which is currently supporting Josh and his family.
As well as organising their sponsored laugh, Beryl was able to find sponsors for the event to cover all costs and run a raffle. The Friends of Egerton School provided catering and there were lots of volunteers on the day to help put on sports activities for the children.
Making a difference
Cathy said: “Being members of the Egerton Laughing Club and knowing just how good laughing is for people, we decided that a brilliant idea would be to create an uplifting and bonding exercise for the community, whilst also raising funds for CLIC Sargent.
“Thanks to you, Charlie and CLIC Sargent for giving Josh and his family so much support and for helping us to make such a difference.
“We were thrilled that Josh was well enough to come and laugh with us, and also later to find out that we had raised over £4,500!"
CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager Charlie Straker said: “I’m delighted to thank Cathy, Beryl and all of the residents of Egerton for their fantastic support.
“The money raised will really help us to continue to provide our vital services to children and young people with cancer, like Josh, and their families. Thank you to everyone!”