Cash rolls in for Joe trek

Chris Lawlor and Joe Wilson's dad Alan celebrate reaching the summit of Ben Nevis
Chris Lawlor and Joe Wilson's dad Alan celebrate reaching the summit of Ben Nevis

A TREK up Scotland’s highest mountain in memory of tragic Taylor High pupil Joe Wilson has so far raised over £17,000 for charity.

Sixth year pupil Joe (17) of Carroll Crescent, Newarthill, died in December five days after a sudden collapse.

During the ilness his friend Chris Lawlor led a Twitter campaign urging people to pray for Joe.

Last year Joe and Chris had climbed Ben Nevis in aid of St Andrew’s Hospice and with his friend’s passing Chris decided it was time to tackle the mountain again, this time on behalf of the British Heart Foundation.

But, he wouldn’t be going it alone as around 170 of Joe’s family, friends and classmates also took up the challenge.

Chris said: “Obviously it was absolutely terrible when Joe died, but hopefully the money raised for the British Heart Foundation will mean that at least something positive came out of it.

“It still hurts but having so many people who experienced the same thing all coming together for this one objective certainly makes things a lot easier.

“I never expected to raise anything like £17,000 and the money is still coming in so I can’t thank people enough and hopefully the British Heart Foundation can put it to good use.

“I have also decided to give a small donation to St Andrew’s Hospice, as it was the charity Joe and myself were rasing money for last year, so it seemed the right thing to do.”

Earlier this month Taylor High held a ceremony to dedicate the Joseph Wilson Library Resource Centre in his memory.

A memorial concert will take place in Taylor High School Theatre on Tuesday, June 12, at 7.30pm, with proceeds being donated to charity.

Further details will be published in the near future.