The family and friends of a Barnoldswick dad whose little girl has been diagnosed with cancer have joined forces to launch a fund-raising drive.
Callum McCash (25), who now lives in Parramatta, Australia, with his partner Ella McNeil, has been given the news his three-year-old daughter Joss is fighting Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia.
Since the diagnosis, a huge support network have come together in Pendle to help the former West Craven High School student and his family.
Joss, affectionately named “pocket rocket”, is currently on her third round of chemotherapy and is still managing to spread smiles despite the treatment.
Laura Wright (29), from Barnoldswick, who met Callum through her brother Connor Davy, said: “Joss wasn’t very well and so they went to the hospital to try to get to the bottom of it.
“She started treatment straight away, and she has just been unbelievable. She has been called the ‘pocket rocket’ because she is just a little dynamite. She has had her hair shaved off, and daddy has done the same, and she has just been really upbeat about it.”
She has been called the ‘pocket rocket’ because she is just a little dynamiteLaura Wright
A group from The Strategy, in Manchester Road, Barnoldswick, came up with the idea to embark on the 26-mile Yorkshire 3 Peak Challenge on April 12th. Thirty people are already taking part, and sponsor sheets are available from The Strategy, Pretty, in Earby, and Barlick Bites.
On the same afternoon, a “Frozen” themed party, complete with a raffle and a visit from Elsa, will be held from 2pm to 4pm at The Strategy. And in the evening, a couple of singers will also be entertaining the crowds.
An event named “Jossy’s Tea Party” will also be held on April 25th at St Joseph’s Parish Centre.
Minnie and Mickey Mouse will be in attendance, there will be face painting, a bottle tombola, and a penalty shoot-out, and for just £3 you will be served afternoon tea.
Laura added: “Obviously because of the treatment they are having to have a lot of time off work.
“They may have to stay in hotels throughout the treatment, there will be travel expenses, and we would like money to be there for Joss to do some nice things while she hopefully makes a full recovery.
“Callum has said us doing this has made him feel closer to home, and he can’t believe how supportive people are.
“My other brother Coun. Lyle Davy is doing the walk and helping with everything, and we arranged the use of the parish centre with the help of Coun. Jennifer Purcell.”
Anybody that can help in donating bottles of anything, from wine, to oils, to bubble baths, for the tea party can email Laura on firstname.lastname@example.org
Organisers are also hopeful a bouncy castle can be donated, and they are looking for china sets to use on the day. To follow Joss’ story visit the “Help Joss The Boss Kick Leukaemia” page on Facebook.
To make a donation go to www.gofundme.com/nipf0s