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Festival raises thousands for childhood brain tumour research

We felt privileged today to meet Nicola, Sarah and six-month old Zack at the Manchester Cancer Research Centre to accept an amazing cheque donation from their recent fundraising festival. Dr Gray Kueberuwa, our funded researcher, was also kind enough to give Nicola and Sarah a tour of the laboratory. He told them a bit more about our current immunotherapy research project, looking at more effective ways to treat children with brain tumours.

Joshua McCormackThe family and friends of five-year-old, Joshua McCormack, held a fundraising festival in May to remember Joshua and mark what would have been his seventh birthday.

Named, JoshFest, the event was held in Joshua’s home town of Whitworth, near Rochdale, and was a complete sell out with hundreds of supporters enjoying the festivities, including live music, raffles, cake stalls and a quiz.

A whopping £3,541 was raised through the event, £1,100 of which has been kindly donated to Friends of Rosie.

Joshua died from a very rare brain tumour in January 2017. Brain tumours continue to cause more deaths than any other type of childhood cancer.

New Research

We are currently funding a two-year research project looking at the use of immunotherapy to treat childhood brain tumours, particularly those that don’t respond to current treatment methods.

Said Joshua’s mum, Nicola, “During Joshua’s gruelling treatment, he experienced hearing loss and vision loss. His spine and skull also stopped growing due to the radiation. He was left with learning disabilities, had several infections, blood and platelet transfusions, and kidney damage from the high dose chemotherapy. During his treatment, he contracted pneumonia leaving him fighting for his life. A few weeks later he lost his battle.

“Throughout Joshua’s illness, I was very vocal about the lack of research into paediatric cancer. I also realised that not all cancer charities are transparent about how they spend donations, which is why I chose Friends of Rosie. Being mainly a volunteer-led charity, I felt reassured that almost every penny raised would go directly into funding research.

“I hope our small contribution will help Friends of Rosie find a kinder cure to prevent another family going through the suffering and heartache we experienced throughout Joshua’s treatment and loss.”

Friends of Rosie Trustee, Lisa Larkin, who also lost her daughter Rosie at the age of five to cancer, said: “We’re blown away by the amazing support and generosity of everyone involved in JoshFest. We particularly thank Nicola for choosing Friends of Rosie as one of the beneficiaries of the event. It will always be our mission to find gentler and more effective treatments for childhood cancer. We hope that our current brain tumour research project will go on to make all the difference for other children like Joshua. His legacy will live on in this research.”

JoshFest Rochdale




Katrina London

Katrina has specialised in the field of occupational personal injury for over 35 years and has worked exclusively for the victims of asbestos related diseases for the last 20 years.  Katrina is an APIL Accredited Occupational Disease and Asbestos Disease Specialist and Senior Litigator and has Law Society Personal Injury Accreditation. 


Carla Nuttall

Carla has over 20 years’ experience specialising in strategic communications, engagement and marketing across the public and private sector, including the BBC, Manchester Metropolitan University and Muse Developments. She is currently Executive Director of Corporate Affairs and Marketing for The Growth Company, an award-winning social enterprise that enables growth, creates jobs and improves lives.