Thank you Josie's Dragonfly Trust, our North East Christmas Fair 2017 charity.
North East Fair Charity - Josie's Dragonfly Trust
As Living North celebrates a new venue for its famed Christmas Fair, hosting the event for the first time at Newcastle’s Exhibition Park between 2–5 November, our official fair charity, Josie’s Dragonfly Trust, is also celebrating a major anniversary. 2017 is their tenth year of helping young cancer patients create precious memories with their families, friends and loved ones.
The charity works with social workers and teams from hospitals who care for children in palliative care. The young people (the charity works with those up to the age of 24) are asked if there’s something they’d like to do in their final days. These ‘Dragonfly Dreams’ are the opportunity to organise something special for families.
The number of ‘Dragonfly Dreams’ has ballooned in those 10 years, and the Hexham-based charity has expanded its reach from the North East to take in the entire country. ‘We support 35 hospitals nationwide,’ says Sarah Hogg of Josie’s Dragonfly Trust, ‘but we are proudly based in the North East.’
The charity was set up in 2007 by Cliff and Jacqui Grove, in memory of their daughter Josie Madeline Grove, who died at the age of 16 from acute myeloid leukeaemia, after raising vast amounts of money for charity. ‘That was her final wish,’ explains Sarah: ‘to carry on her legacy and help other young people in a similar situation.’
At the Living North Christmas Fair, the charity will be running a bag drop, as well as manning a stand – so you can learn more about the great work they do first hand.
‘It gives you a perspective on life and what really is important,’ says Sarah. ‘It’s about creating memories – not just for themselves, but for everyone they’re leaving behind.’
Josie’s Dragonfly Trust