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Josh Martin supporters have raised £9,000 for Northern Ireland Children's Hospice

04 May 2017

Almost £9,000 has been raised for Northern Ireland's Children's Hospice in honour of Bangor boy Josh Martin.

Josh passed away after a mammoth battle to overcome brain cancer. The Bangor Grammar schoolboy was just 15.

And now Josh's mum, Kim, has revealed that money raised in her son's name will go to help other young people facing a similar battle.

Kim said: "Almost £9,000 has been raised in memory of Joshua for the Northern Ireland Children's Hospice - we are overwhelmed by your kindness and generosity.

"The money raised includes money donated at Joshua's Celebration of Life, donations to S Clarke and Son and Bangor Elim, money raised by Kim's work colleagues and other sources too.

"The amazing Joanna Beattie raised almost £1,000 of this by making and selling ribbons in Joshua's favourite colour - sunset orange."

The Donaghadee schoolboy sparked a worldwide #prayforjosh campaign when he was diagnosed with cancer on Christmas Eve 2014.

Doctors discovered a number of tumours in Joshua’s abdomen.

Joshua accepted gruelling treatment and prayers and a year later it looked like he was cancer-free.

But on February 20 his mum repeated her plea for pray for her boy, saying he was in pain.

Seven days later young Josh's fight was over and a celebration of his life was held at Bangor Elim Chruch on March 3.

Two months on, Kim sent a Facebook message of thanks to everyone who has supported the family since Josh's death.

Kim who lives in Donaghadee, Co Down , said: "Thank you everyone for your love and support over the past few months.

"We've received literally thousands of messages and cards with heartfelt messages and it's hard to put into words our gratitude. We have felt loved and blessed by you all."