Punters come together for little Joshua

Shepherd's Rest, Sowerby Bridge-fund raiser for Meningitis UK. fund raisers Donna Taylor, Jane Green and Tina Williams.
Shepherd's Rest, Sowerby Bridge-fund raiser for Meningitis UK. fund raisers Donna Taylor, Jane Green and Tina Williams.

Friends and family will raise cash and a glass to a barmaid’s little boy who tragically lost his life to meningitis.

A regular at Sowerby Bridge’s Shepherds Rest, Bolton Brow, is organising a fundraising event for the charity that helps children with meningitis - which tragically took the life of Donna Taylor’s three-year-old son Joshua, in 2008.

Shepherd's Rest, Sowerby Bridge-fund raiser for Meningitis UK. Joshua who die from the diseases.

Shepherd's Rest, Sowerby Bridge-fund raiser for Meningitis UK. Joshua who die from the diseases.

Life-long fundraiser Tina Williams, 55, of Sowerby Bridge, says she was touched by Donna’s story and chose Meningitis UK as a 2015 beneficiary.

Mum to Oliver, 6, and Dakota, 4,Donna, 31, will be finishing serving early tomorrow to enjoy the auction, raffle and quiz with partner Craig Green, 36, and his mum Jane, pictured, who cleans at the pub.

“You never expect to lose a child - it was awful. Fundraising for the charity that helps children with meningitis has always been something I wanted to do but it’s been too tough to organise anything.

“So when Tina came along and said she wanted to do something, I was touched.”

She says not a day goes by when she doesn’t think of her mischievious blonde haired boy who kept her on her toes and wants more to be done to raise awareness of the illness that stole her little boy’s life.

Tina said: “Talking to Donna made me realise what a horrendous ordeal it must be to lose a child - she talks about him but you can see she’s hurting. We wanted to do something to help.”

Tina says the pub has a great sense of community spirit - when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013 regulars shaved their heads and raised money for Breast Cancer Care at Calderdale Royal.

On Saturday, regular punters and new are invited to support Donna and Meningitis UK, from 4pm, March 21, at Shephards Rest.