Eight-year-old Joshua Hewson has been spearheading the delivery of his Barrow United campaign this week as almost 50 Christmas hampers were provided to the town’s Foodbank.
We reported last month that Joshua, inspired by the efforts of Manchester United and England star Marcus Rashford, embarked on his own campaign to make a difference this Christmas.
The youngster’s goal was to encourage donations to be passed on to the Foodbank so that Christmas hampers could be given to help families during the festive period.
The Barrow United campaign was backed by no fewer than 12 schools, including Joshua’s own Newbarns Primary School which also gathered £200 in donations from generous parents.
The extraordinary campaign was boosted further when Barrow boss David Dunn handed over £600 which he won in the Bluebirds Trust raffle for the recent game against Accrington Stanley.
Joshua, who joined the Club’s Community Trust staff on Thursday to assist personally in the delivery of the hampers, has been rewarded for his efforts by being named as his school’s Foodbanks Charity Champion.
“It’s been an amazing effort all round and we would like to thank all of the schools who got involved,” said Community Trust Manager, Craig Rutherford.
“With Joshua’s help, we delivered 48 Christmas hampers to the Foodbank on Friday and we still have more donations to make because the response has been truly overwhelming.
“It was brilliant that David Dunn also donated such a fantastic amount – I think that tells you everything about how much Joshua’s efforts have impacted upon people in the town.
“Well done to Joshua and well done to everyone who got behind the campaign and donated, it really will make a difference to families in our local area.”