From cancer sup­port char­ity, The Joshua Tree

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‘It was es­sen­tially my own way of cop­ing with the pain and dev­as­ta­tion I ex­pe­ri­enced af­ter Joshua, our youngest son, was di­ag­nosed with leukaemia when he was five,’ says Lynda Hill, founder of The Joshua Tree, a North­wich-based char­ity which sup­ports chil­dren with cancer and their fam­i­lies across the

North West and North Wales. ‘Hav­ing a back­ground in psy­chol­ogy and coun­selling, I recog­nised the value of of­fer­ing a service to sup­port fam­i­lies through what can only be de­scribed as in­de­scrib­able.’ But no­body could have fore­seen her level of com­mit­ment, or in­deed that of her hus­band David, who con­tin­ued to work as a health and safety ex­ec­u­tive and whose ‘self­less’ sup­port of Lynda and the char­ity in his spare time al­lowed her to de­vote her­self to it. She has re­cently stepped down as CEO to take on a new role of Head of Adult Ther­a­peu­tic Ser­vices and Re­search and plans to ex­pand her knowl­edge of psy­cho­log­i­cal trauma so the char­ity can de­velop its un­der­stand­ing of how best to sup­port familes. ‘It has be­come my life,’ she says of the Joshua Tree. ‘From wak­ing to sleep­ing, a part of my beat­ing heart.’ Spring 2020 will see their big­gest project to-date come to fruition – the open­ing of their new sup­port cen­tre. And Joshua? Now a healthy 21-year-old and fully qual­i­fied per­sonal trainer in his last year of univer­sity, he is plan­ning to sup­port Joshua Tree next year, work­ing with teenagers to help them through their own cancer jour­ney. ‘We’re very proud of him,’ says Lynda. the­joshu­a­

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