Josie's Dragonfly Trust Ball helps make lasting memories


A HEXHAM-based charity, committed to providing precious memories for young people at the end of their lives, is marking its tenth anniversary with a special charity ball.

The glitzy ball in aid of Josie’s Dragonfly Trust will be held on Saturday, October 28, at Newcastle’s Assembly Rooms and follows a 10-mile fund-raising walk at Hexham Racecourse last month, supported by the Hexham Courant.

The charity was set up in 2007 in memory of Josie Grove, who died at the age of 16 from acute myeloid leukemia after raising vast amounts of money for charity.

The trust has helped hundreds of young people receiving palliative care to ulfil their dreams and create memories with their families, friends and loved ones.

“The number of requests for support has escalated so much over the past decade that the charity has expanded its reach across the country,” explained director of fund-raising for the trust Jane Dennison.

“Sometimes, the wishes we provide are simple things that many of us take for granted, such as a takeaway and a DVD night for the whole family to enjoy together, or in one case, a 16-year-old fashionista wanted to own a designer suit, and he got to wear it every day in his final few days – ‘going out in style’ he said.

“It’s a really sad story, but the difference it made to him and his family was enormous – he got his final wish.”

This year, Josie’s Dragonfly Trust also established the Footprint Fund, which aims to support families immediately after a child’s death at the time when other sources of support are no longer available.

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