Sunday 18th May saw the first Josh West Sports day hosted by Better, Ulverston Leisure Centre and Ulverston Sports Club, celebrating the life of an avid footballing youngster. The talented goalkeeper from Swarthmoor FC died days before his 12th birthday after suffering an asthma attack in April 2016, leaving his family, friends and community in shock.
Josh's dad Lee reflected "The main reason we're all here is because of my lad, but as long as everyone is having fun, I'm happy."
"He used to love stuff like this and was always getting involved."
16 pre-registered teams, including Josh's mum Nicola Lancaster's 'Pink Ladies', took part in a variety of events, such as rugby, football, rounders, tennis, dodgeball and cricket. There were also individual events such as welly wanging and dizzy penalties.
Organiser Cathy Burrows said "I am quite speechless at the turnout and how well the day has gone. Josh would have enjoyed everyone being together and having a laugh. The fact that we have managed to raise some money for his foundation is brilliant too."
She added "The support and help from the Ulverston Leisure Centre team has been invaluable and we are really grateful for everything they have done."
Money raised will go to Asthma UK and other causes close to Josh's heart such as Swarthmoor FC.