Pals hit the road in mem­ory of Josh

Rochdale Observer - - NEWS -

A GROUP of friends are lac­ing up their run­ning shoes in aid of a play­group for dis­abled kids set up by a be­reaved mum.

As the Ob­server re­ported on Wed­nes­day Ca­role Kelly, from War­dle, is chan­nelling her grief into help­ing the par­ents of other dis­abled chil­dren.

Her son Josh was just 15 months old when he died last month from a mi­to­chon­drial dis­ease.

But Ca­role, from War­dle, is de­ter­mined to cre­ate a legacy for Josh by set­ting up a char­ity to run play ses­sions for tod­dlers in Rochdale.

Ca­role, 33, first be­gan plan­ning the Jolly Josh play­group while Josh was still alive af­ter dis­cov­er­ing there were no groups in the area for dis­abled young­sters un­der four.

The first ses­sion was held on Wed­nes­day and will run in term-time from 1.15pm to 3.30pm at Spring­side School, on Al­bert Royds Street un­til Christ­mas.

And now a group of friends, led by plas­terer James Hal­li­well, are to tackle the Rochdale 10km next week­end in aid of Jolly Josh, which is await­ing char­i­ta­ble sta­tus.

Now James, 36, from Queensway, said: “I’ve known Ca­role for years and I just found it so heart-warm­ing how she is turn­ing such a tragedy into some­thing pos­i­tive and I thought ‘What can I do to help?’.

“Since I put some­thing on Face­book loads of peo­ple has been in touch say­ing they want to do it too.”

The other pals do­ing the run are Lee Ash­worth, Gareth Groom, An­thony McGovern and Aaron Ho­gan. To make a do­na­tion search for ‘James Hal­li­well Jolly Josh’ on justgiv­ing.com.

The Rochdale 10km and half marathon is on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 8.

●●James Hal­li­well and his friends ate run­ning the Rochdale 10km in aid of the Jolly Josh char­ity set up in mem­ory of Josh Kelly (in­set)

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