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Family of Josh Martin raise £9k in his memory

By Staff Reporter

The family of brave Co Down schoolboy Josh Martin, whose battle with cancer made headlines around the world, have raised £9,000 in his memory.

The family said they had been overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity of donors, and the money will go to the NI Children's Hospice.

Josh (15), from Donaghadee, was first diagnosed in December 2014, when he was rushed to hospital with suspected appendicitis. Doctors later found aggressive tumours in his abdomen which required months of invasive surgery and chemotherapy.

Before long an online campaign to show solidarity with the teenager called #prayforjosh went viral with golfers such as Holywood superstar Rory McIlroy and Masters champion Sergio Garcia showing their support.

Josh passed away in February.

In a Facebook message, the family 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."

The money raised included donations made at a celebration of Josh's life, and by Bangor Elim worshippers, where Josh's father Tim is a pastor.

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

Staff at Josh's old school, Bangor Grammar, also raised cash by running the Belfast Marathon.

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