June Christmas party planned to help send Joshua to Lapland

Joshua Jessop has a muscle wasting condition.

A family is planning to celebrate Christmas in June for a little boy with a medical condition without a cure.

Joshua Jessop, 9, from Richmond, has a terminal muscle wasting condition called Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

The family is trying to make as many magical moments for Joshua as possible and mum Karen said they struck upon the idea of a second Christmas in June when thinking about taking down their Christmas decorations before their weekend visit to the children’s hospice.

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Every year the family does something positive around the date of Joshua’s diagnosis when he was 18-months-old, which was on June 16.

She added: “With a life limiting condition, Joshua won’t see so many Christmases so we’ve decide to celebrate in June too – and why not.”

As well as a second celebration of Christmas, the party will raise funds so Joshua can meet the real Santa in Lapland at Christmas 2018.

A venue for the party has still to be decided.

Karen help with things like table decorations or things to dress the room with would be much appreciated.

They are also asking for people to send Christmas cards to Joshua in June.

For more details on the Joshua’s June Christmas and to get involved click here.