Memorial concert raises over £1,000 for Pilgrims Hospices
A concert in Dover remembering 18 year old Joshua Davies, who was a patient at Pilgrims Hospice Canterbury earlier this year, has raised more than £1,1158.
Joshua’s father Ray said: “Joshua passed away peacefully at the hospice in Canterbury in the early hours of 2nd August. He had fought bravely against Synovial Sarcoma, a very rare, aggressive soft tissue cancer.
“Everybody has fond memories of Josh, his ability to make you smile even in his darkest hours was phenomenal. He would sing to his nurses, crack jokes and ask them to just take the pain away.
“They say the Olympics inspired a generation, Josh inspired every generation who met him. Even though Josh was dying and he knew this, he continued to live his live bravely, courageously, happily and most of all the way he wanted to.
“When friends of his told Juliann, Joshua’s mother, they would like to hold a concert in Josh’s memory for a charity or charities of our choice, we did not hesitate to choose Pilgrims Hospices and the Emily Ash Trust.
“The care and compassion shown by the hospice, not only to Josh but all who came into contact with them, was outstanding. Joshua trusted the doctors and nurses completely and it was the only real place he felt safe. He actually asked to go back in the day before he sadly passed away.”
Karen Kenward, Regional Fundraising Manager said: “We are extremely grateful to everyone who supported the concert evening. Joshua’s family and friends really did him proud, he will be missed by many. Long live all the happy times they had together.”