ABOUT US

In May 2020 Joseph was due to attend Buckingham Palace to receive his Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award. Until 1st March 2020 Joe's life was full of Club Hockey, County Cricket, A Level's, Surfing, Skiing. You name it he did it, with passion, energy, and a cheeky grin.

On 1st March 2020, 18 years of energy and laughter came to an abrupt standstill when Joe was hit by a car and received a Severe Traumatic Brain Injury, from which he still hasn’t woken up. Please follow this link to read more about TBI https://www.headway.org.uk/about-brain-injury/individuals/types-of-brain-injury/traumatic-brain-injury/ He has already successfully fought off COVID 19 and is responding to basic stimulus now he is at Leicester General Hospital but does remain in a coma.

Joseph's Journey has been set up with 3 aims in mind.


Firstly, we want to raise awareness of TBI and the devastating impact this can have.


Secondly, by raising awareness we hope you will feel stirred to help us raise funds to help support Sharon and Joe with the path ahead. Nobody knows what the long term impact will be, but we do know that the journey could be long and costly. If our prayers are answered and the miracle of a full recovery happens, all money raised will be donated to charity.


Thirdly to create a space to share things like stories, memories, photos, and fundraising achievements. This will be a place people can visit to get updates on Joe's progress, share their ideas, or just re-connect with the huge amount of love and support there is for Joe and Sharon. This resource will provide Sharon with a place to visit when she wants to play clips to Joe, show him photos and let herself be carried by those around her.

If there is any way you think you can help or would like to get involved please don’t hesitate to contact Auntie Sal by completing the contact form.

Thank you x

 

Messages From Joseph's Mother Sharon and Updates

 

Thank you from Sharon

1st Aug 2020

Dearest Guardians of Joseph X Lost for words & very emotional moments for Joseph & myself seeing our Angel Guardians Uncle Steve cooling off the nether regions in the Dubai pool & seeing Uncle Rich Uncle John Major Steve Sarah Auntie Janet & Aunt Sally & the awesome support team & incredulous out of this world family friends & supporters at Josephs Journey beach finish line & from afar X So touched & humbled & forever Grateful All our Love S& Joe Xx❤️💙🌈🥰🙏

High Five from Sharon

1st August 2020

"Thank you everyone for your support. Here’s a heartfelt message to everyone from Sharon.

For all our precious family friends acquaintances X ~It was the last day yesterday for all those meaningful abstentions, magnificent acts of commitment & the tremendous cycle & tennis training for Joseph X We wish to express our utmost Heartfelt Thank you’s!!!!Good Luck!!!& Take extra Special Care Guardian Angel cycle wishes for our extraordinary Newquay 24 Cyclists Uncle Rich, Uncle John, Major & for stupendous Uncle Steve in Dubai for today until the Cornwall finish on the 4th August. Also for amazing Alfie & Emma for starting & cycling part of the first leg of the journey with our Newquay 24 & for phenomenal Papa Teather & Auntie Janet joining in on the last leg on the 4th & for miraculous Aunt Sally Max & Fin in the support camper X Special thoughts too for magnificent Jacob, Steph, Auntie Elaine & Tina’s Ten to Ten Tennis X These epic commitments for Joe are truly awe inspiring & ensure we remain full of Hope & Optimism X Godspeed with all our endearment & gratitude for everyones continued compassionate support, supreme generosity & for our wonderful family camping in Cornwall~one of Joseph's most Happy destinations X With Love & Rainbows always~ S Xx"

High Five from Sharon

1st August 2020

"Thank you everyone for your support. Here’s a heartfelt message to everyone from Sharon.

For all our precious family friends acquaintances X ~It was the last day yesterday for all those meaningful abstentions, magnificent acts of commitment & the tremendous cycle & tennis training for Joseph X We wish to express our utmost Heartfelt Thank you’s!!!!Good Luck!!!& Take extra Special Care Guardian Angel cycle wishes for our extraordinary Newquay 24 Cyclists Uncle Rich, Uncle John, Major & for stupendous Uncle Steve in Dubai for today until the Cornwall finish on the 4th August. Also for amazing Alfie & Emma for starting & cycling part of the first leg of the journey with our Newquay 24 & for phenomenal Papa Teather & Auntie Janet joining in on the last leg on the 4th & for miraculous Aunt Sally Max & Fin in the support camper X Special thoughts too for magnificent Jacob, Steph, Auntie Elaine & Tina’s Ten to Ten Tennis X These epic commitments for Joe are truly awe inspiring & ensure we remain full of Hope & Optimism X Godspeed with all our endearment & gratitude for everyones continued compassionate support, supreme generosity & for our wonderful family camping in Cornwall~one of Joseph's most Happy destinations X With Love & Rainbows always~ S Xx"

High Five from Sharon

21st July 2020

Dearest Everyone~We continue to be completely astounded and overcome by the extent & continued outpour of Love, Thoughts & Prayers from our precious family, friends & acquaintances taking the time in these unprecedented days to show & express care, consideration and generosity for Joseph.

I have received so many personal messages & anecdotes to share with me memories of Joseph's loving kind & caring nature which have been deeply touching.

The wonderful High Five facebook video clips have been truly inspirational & an enormous solace & comfort each & every day. Joseph unfortunately continues in the stage 2 coma & during the last month has been fighting to also overcome a number of set backs including sickness, pain, altered skeletal muscle performance and a suspected slow bleed re Joe's RIG/Intestinal resulting in a blood transfusion to currently having Aspirated Pneumonia along with the pressure of the further Covid19 lockdown in Leicester.

We are so fortunate & privileged to have such outstandingly remarkable & kind hearted family & friends to advocate Joseph's Journey & enhance our continued prayers for more positive brighter recovery days soon.

I so wish we could Thank each & everyone individually for the incredibly gracious & sensational support and along with my sincere gratitude expressed to our beautiful family & friends on the WhatsApp Family Group updates also special mention to Nick Steele, Lynne Smith, Will Webb, The Captain of HMS Mersey and everyone from the Tutbury Tigers Football Team & my HAH friends & colleagues for their commitment & exceptional fund raising ventures for Joseph.

We wish Uncle Rich, Uncle Steve, Uncle John, Steve, Major & Papa Teather continued Good Luck!!! with the cycle training for the Newquay 24 Bike Ride and for all the awesome motivational commitments for our wonderful Joe.

We are eternally Grateful from our Hearts & Hope for Sunshine & Happy Rainbows on the horizon.

With Love S Xx

High Five from Sharon

14th June 2020

''Following on from Wonderful Sophie & (Henry's) incredible 200km in 7 day cycle challenge fund raising achievement for Joseph we are also blessed with our amazing family & friends continued Love, Care & Support with the creation of Joseph's Journey~ initiated by Super Talented Creator Sarah, Awesome Organiser Aunt Sally & Terrific Team Members Aunt Kate & Uncle Rich. The outpouring of kindest consideration & generosity for Joseph from so many compassionately thoughtful family,friends & acquaintances from near & far has been completely overwhelming. Joseph's heart has been truly touched along with mine & we are so grateful for the strength & comfort of everyone's healing prayers & thoughts.  

 

All our utmost Love, Rainbows & Appreciation for always!!!.''

Sharon & Joe Xx

Update

28th May 2020

Although Joseph has made incredible progress and is now able to breathe independently and appears to be responding to people's voices, sadly he still hasn't woken up yet. He remains in a Coma but is definitely making small but positive steps forward.

Meet our lovely Joe

27th May 2020

How does one begin to encapsulate a dear Son, Grandson, Nephew, Cousin, Friend's 18 years of sparkling & vibrant life to date...

Joseph's arrival into the world on a Sabbath day the 23/12/2001 was rather dramatic & eventful as the "Bonny & Bright" little man needed resuscitation, had a dislocated shoulder & was in intensive care for the first few days of his journey on Planet Earth at Christmas time. Joe in true fighting spirit quickly recovered & proceeded to grow into a fine fit large as life 18-year-old young man. Walking early at 10 months Joseph developed to have a no fear fun active attitude to enjoying & exploring the world around him and loving deeply & socializing along the way with his family & friends.

Excelling & Sport devotee from a young age Joseph joined the local Tutbury Tiger Football Team at age 6 & claim to fame won the egg & spoon School Sports Day race (the only event the Teachers relented he could take part in this year) at age 7 due to his broken left arm from falling off the playground monkey bars! 

From swimming to Kwik & Hard Ball Cricket at local & District level to becoming an aspiring Bear Grylls joining the Tutbury Scout Group as a Beaver, Cub & Scout & completing his Bronze, Silver & Gold Duke of Edinburgh awards at The De Ferrers Academy & Sixth Form Joe also found time to join the 351 (Burton on Trent) RAF Air Cadets taking part in fundraising activities particularly the Poppy Appeal on Remembrance Sundays & enjoyed a flight to experience an RAF Fighter Jet refueling mid-air & a Lightning Twilight Night Run with helping & promoting the Air Cadets at Air Shows across the Country.

Joseph's most treasured pastimes are gym, golf & enjoying surfing on family holidays in Cornwall & at Surf Snowdonia near Betws-y-coed in Wales & Skiing & Ice Skating with family/friends & on school trips. Joe's precious late Father played Ice Hockey with the Nottingham Panthers & clearly Joe had a passion for Hockey too as his most favorite sport is field Hockey with Barton Hockey Club nurtured from an early age at primary school & proudly progressing the ranks to play with the Men's First Team & freely giving his time to support weekly training sessions as a coach for the aspiring Barton Hockey juniors.

Music has been compelling for Joe from first hearing the Stereophonics live in Mum's Tummy at 5 months old to learning to play the Drums & also the African Djembe. Joseph has been fortunate to travel & one of his most cherished countries due to a family connection is the Gambia. A few years ago he helped raise money for the families Gambian Pencil Project Faji-Kunda school a momentous & treasured moment being able to meet the beautiful children there.

Joe's optimistic fun-loving resilient nature & kind compassion for others means his mantra is always to look up for the stars. We are praying for a miracle Joe will find the strength & determination to rest & repair his Traumatic Brain Injury & come back to us not believing our stories of when the world also just stopped to regenerate for a while & rainbows became the sign of hope.

Much love & gratitude S xxx

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