Joshua’s SDR Journey

Hi, my name is Joshua, I'm 7 years old and live in Dumfriesshire with mum, dad and sister Edith. Just4Childen needs your help to raise money for a life changing operation called SDR to help my independence and mobility.

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£20.00 from SallyWilson
"Payment for 2 items purchased through online auction. With all good wishes for a healthy outcome following your treatment Joshua "
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£15.00 from Lina Schuckardt
"Fleece whippet coat donated by dawn "
£25.00 from Anna
"Purchase Snood £5 Purchase collage picture £10"
£15.00 from Pauline Sidgwick
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£10.00 from Melanie Firth
"Winning bid on collar"
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£50.00 from Robert Stubbs
£4.00 from Kayleigh Cartner
"Entry for Bear pastoral puppy"
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"Entries for Teo jacky "
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£10.00 from Anonymous
"Payment for the on-line dog show. Wishing you all the best is raising the required funds. x"
£14.00 from Anonymous
"For classes in the fun online show"
£10.00 from Jacky Hunt
£10.00 from Mary Mckie
"Donated for 5 entered for Charlie Bear x"
£10.00 from Helen
£20.00 from Eleanor and sue
"Outstanding £2 for one dog show entry which it wouldn't allow me to pay last night."
£2.00 from Emma Grant
"4 entries for the dog show"
£10.00 from Emma Grant
£10.00 from Anonymous
"Entries for dog show"
£10.00 from Kath
"Good luck"
£10.00 from The Mochan hounds
£20.00 from Anonymous
"Good luck Joshua! Hope you enjoy looking at some of the dog photos x"
£10.00 from Christine Bell
£15.00 from Julie Edwards
£10.00 from Alison
"Good luck Josh much love from Kelly and the hounds xx"
£10.00 from Kelly Batley
"Charlotte Mann fun dog show entries . "
£12.00 from Charlotte Mann
"Good Luck Joshua xx"
£4.00 from Ceilidh, Paul, Blake and Bradley
"Good luck on your journey, "
£10.00 from Dawn Mason
"Hope my photos of Mollie makes you smile Joshua and Edith. "
£10.00 from Karen Bell
"Brilliant 👏. "
£22.00 from Sharon Oakey
"1 entry to dog show "
£30.00 from Heather prentice
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£10.00 from Pauline Sidgwick
"I take far too many pictures of my dogs but every little helps!! "
£30.00 from Kayleigh Cartner
£4.00 from Anonymous
"For special Rainbow Class "
£20.00 from Margaret Kempster
£50.00 from Trevor Littleton
"Good Luck Joshua xxx"
£4.00 from Jane Power
£HIDDEN from Elle Care
"Good luck Joshua, here’s my money for my show entry plus a little extra."
£5.00 from Sarah Lafford
"Show entries "
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"Kay Douglas WSS entries"
£10.00 from Kay Douglas
£10.00 from Anonymous
"I hope you raise all the money needed - best of luck! "
£10.00 from Anonymous
"Best wishes to you all "
£10.00 from Mandy Hutchinson
"Good luck Joshua hope you reach your target soon xxxx"
£30.00 from Anonymous
"All for a great cause 🥰🥰"
£20.00 from Kim Foster

Hi, my name is Joshua, I’m 7 years old and live in Dumfriesshire with mum, dad and sister Edith. Just4Childen needs your help to raise money for a life changing operation called SDR to help my independence and mobility.

Joshua is 7 years old and lives near Canonbie in Dumfriesshire. He was born 2 months early weighing only 3lb 14oz. At 1 year old he was sent for an MRI scan because he wasn’t reaching milestones. This revealed he had Cerebral Palsy and as time went on we learnt the type of CP was Diplegic – affecting Joshua’s legs. 

Joshua has a love of life and is always smiling and cracking jokes. Physiotherapy and stretching are daily in his life. He goes through such a lot, from early morning stretches and muscle strengthening exercises before school, and all repeated throughout the day. Occasionally Joshua can wake in the night distressed and upset with extremely painful cramp in his leg muscles. This is awful for us all. 

We need to raise £21,000 for Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) surgery that aims to reduce spasticity in the lower limbs. SDR is effective in treating spasticity by cutting the nerve rootlets in the spinal canal that are sending abnormal signals to the muscles. SDR intends to improve quality of life and/or mobility in children affected by it. 

It has been a long process in getting to this stage, starting when Joshua was only 2 years old. Unfortunately, after many tests, assessments and meetings over the years, it was decided that Joshua did not fit the strict criteria for SDR in Scotland. We didn’t let that stop us, we went for a 2nd opinion at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital where they told us it was a ‘no brainer’ and they would perform the life changing operation on Joshua! But with us living in Scotland we do not qualify under the NHS England’s criteria and therefore must fund the operation ourselves.

Further funds would be used for the extremely important post op period, of which a minimum of two years intense physio is needed. Specialist equipment could be required by Joshua in the coming years too.
We believe SDR would give Joshua the best quality of life possible.

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