Cumbrian fundraisers could be the Pride of Britain

By Rachael Grealish
THE Borders could be represented by one of two Cumbrians at the Pride of Britain Awards 2016.

John, Alison, Devon and Rihanna Maxwell by the Danica memory garden.

John, Alison, Devon and Rihanna Maxwell by the Danica memory garden.

Danica’s Dream Fund and Joss Naylor MBE are two of the four Borders finalists to to go The Pride of Britain Awards 2016 for the ITV Fundraiser of the year, in London on November 1.

Danica’s Dream Fund is a charity that was set up in the memory of Egremont teenager Danica Maxwell who died of cancer aged only 15 in 2010.

John Maxwell, Danica’s father, said: “Setting up the charity was actually Danica’s idea, when she was sick and in hospital she turned to us and said; ‘look at all these kids that haven’t had a life and I’ve had a great life, when I get better I want to set up a charity to help them’ – unfortunately, she didn’t get better, but it’s amazing we can carry on her memory through the charity and help people the way she wanted.”

He continued: “I feel like we’ve already won because it’s got the message of the charity and Danica’s name out there just to be nominated and recognised.”

Joss Naylor completing the Ennerdale Horseshoe in 2010  - Photo by Mike McKenzie

Joss Naylor completing the Ennerdale Horseshoe in 2010
– Photo by Mike McKenzie

Joss Naylor MBE is a celebrated 80-year-old fell runner who has raised almost £12,000 for the Brathay Trust – a charity that helps disadvantaged young people – through his incredible fell running feats.

On June 25, this year, Joss completed the Caldbeck to Wasdale route across the fells – this was in memory of the journey his father made in 1927 to move home. He not only completed this route to remember his father, but to celebrate his 80th birthday.

Joss was awarded his MBE for his services to sport and charity, and is included as one of Britain’s top 100 sports personalities in the 2007 book Best of British: Hendo’s Sporting Heroes, by sports journalist Jon Henderson.

The ITV Fundraiser of the Year nominee for the Borders to go to the Pride of Britain Awards 2016 will be announced tonight (Friday Oct 14).

The successful nominee will attend the award ceremony, held at Grosvenor House and organised by the Daily Mirror, on November 1.

The show, hosted by Carol Vordeman, is watched by five million viewers.

Good Luck from Egremont 2Day.