Family pays tribute to Josh and Rose

Josh's mum Maria and uncle Mick make a donation in his memory to Vanessa of the Teenage Cancer Trust.
Josh's mum Maria and uncle Mick make a donation in his memory to Vanessa of the Teenage Cancer Trust.

A bereaved family celebrated Christmas by presenting cash raised through an annual fundraising night to two charities.

Relatives of New Stevenston lad Josh Irving, who sadly passed away aged 17 in 2012 following a battle with Hodgkin’s Cell lymphoma, and his aunt Rose McMullan, who died due to a brain tumour in 1988, were more than happy to hand over cheques in their memory.

Josh’s mum Maria and uncle Mick O’Neill made a donation to the Teenage Cancer Trust, while Rose’s children Maria and Patrick accompanied Mick to St Andrew’s Hospice to drop off a cheque.

The donations came after the family hosted a fundraising night, raising £2,040, which was split between the two charities.

Josh’s cousin and Rose’s nephew, Stuart O’Neill, said: “Josh fought bravely against cancer and the Teenage Cancer Trust supported him all the way through his illness.

“My aunt Rose died from a brain tumour in September 1988, and was cared for towards the end by St Andrew’s Hospice.

“The money was raised at a fundraiser in St John Bosco’s Hall, New Stevenston, via raffles, donations and entry fee.

“The family would like to thank Paul Morrison for supplying buffet, the bar staff in St John Bosco’s Hall and all those who donated prizes.

“And most importantly, those who turned up to help us raise such a wonderful amount.

“Our O’Neill family fundraiser is annual event and we will be arranging another one in 2016.”

In the time leading to Josh’s sad passing, the Times & Speaker reported how his family were fundraising to allow him to work through a wish list.

The community rallied in support of the Taylor High School pupil, allowing him to make some of his dreams become reality.

He passed away on Christmas Eve 2012.