Jak Wing Searchlight piece

Joss Parkes, who battled a brain tumour for nearly six years before his death in january 2011, aged 10.
Joss Parkes, who battled a brain tumour for nearly six years before his death in january 2011, aged 10.

A WING mother-of-four is to embark on a challenging year of fundraising in preparation for her ultimate goal – taking on the Three Peaks Challenge for a very special cause.

Sian Lewis-Evans will strap on her hiking boots in May 2012, in a bid to generate much needed cash for Joss Parkes Searchlight (JPS) – a charity set up in memory of Mentmore boy Joss who sadly died in January, aged 10.

The charity aims to provide practical, co-ordinated support for families with children suffering from brain tumours and grant ‘money can’t buy’ wishes for termially ill children – music enthusiast Joss said the best day of his life was when he was able to meet Simon Cowell at the filming of The X Factor.

Sian is aiming to raise £2,500 ahead of her hike to help fund such opportunities and will kick off her efforts with a car boot sale at Overstone School on August 21.

Sian, who owns the Little Acorns Childcare centre in Wing, said: ““I’m hoping that the residents of Aylesbury Vale and Leighton Buzzard area will rally to support my fundraising events because I am passionate about making a difference to the lives of children with brain tumours.

“I would like to thank all local supporters who are displaying posters and collection tins to help us achieve our fundraising target.”

Joss’s mother Dianne, a trustee for JPS, said she’s overwhelmed by Sian’s pledge and can sense that she really feels the family’s pain.

Dianne added: “The death of my ten year old son Joss, from a brain tumour is still very raw.

“Children with brain tumours suffer so much, as do their immediate families and we want to be here to support them every step of the way and give them some special memories to cling to.

“It’s enthusiastic people like Sian that give our family the strength to take our negative experiences and turn them into something good for others – there are so many tears we need them to know that there can still be some good times ahead.”

For more information, visit http://www.jossparkessearchlight.org.uk/