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Joshua Tree

Posted on February 27, 2012 in Partners | by

The Joshua Tree Holiday House and Support Centre

Making dreams come true for families across the North West of England

 The Joshua Tree is a Cheshire based children’s charity based in Northwich. The charity is currently fundraising to build a Holiday House and Support Centre in the county. The House will be open to families from across the North West of England who have a child undergoing treatment for an immune suppressing illness, enabling them to have a short holiday.

 The Holiday House will have en-suite accommodation for up to four families to stay at a given time plus several activity rooms including a cinema room, soft play area, teenager’s lounge and relaxation room.

 While the Support Centre will offer emotional support to these families and act as a drop in resource for families in the local community. The Centre will hold one to one and group counselling sessions, offer educational support to the poorly child plus run holistic treatment sessions.

 The charity has recently purchased land in Sandiway to build the Holiday House and Support Centre.

 The Joshua Tree was founded in May 2006 by Lynda and David Hill whose youngest son, Joshua underwent treatment for leukaemia. Josh is now in high school and living a normal life. However when Josh was receiving treatment, the Hill family were extremely limited on places they could visit because of his reduced level of immunity.

 Lynda said: “We were unable to go to the cinema, soft play areas, restaurants – anywhere really where there was a high number of people and we certainly couldn’t go on holiday.

 “At The Joshua Tree we want to create a haven for families to spend some quality time together away from the risk of infection.”

 The Joshua Tree hopes to start building work on the facility during the Spring of 2013 but in the meantime needs people to donate funds to the project, volunteer their time for the charity or organise an event in aid of the charity – there are plenty of ways people can get involved.

 Community fundraiser, Rachel Thomas, said: “We are always looking for people to get involved with the charity. Whether this be organising a low key fundraising event such as a coffee morning or sponsored head shave, persuading their employers to adopt us as their charity of the year, volunteering at a street or supermarket collection or taking part in an event organised by The Joshua Tree.

 “So far this year we have marked International Childhood Cancer Day with a series of coffee mornings, held our annual Silly Socks Fun Run in Northwich and also held our first ladies lunch at Nunsmere Hall Hotel. Our next event is an epic cycling challenge – cycling from Land End to John o Groats using Watt bikes on July 14.”

For more information on the charity or how you can get involved please email rachelthomas@thejoshuatree.org.uk or call 01606 331858.

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