Joseph's Goal: Charity recognised with star on walk of fame

Joseph's Goal: Charity recognised with star on walk of fame

Group photo - Josephs goal

Group photo after the star was laid on Believe Square

An inspirational Wigan Borough charity backed by a team of sporting legend ambassadors has become the latest recipient of a star on Believe Square.

Joseph’s Goal has been recognised for its work in the charity sector and contribution to the local community.

With borough youngster Joseph Kendrick as its figurehead, the charity raises awareness, and funds vital research, into the rare genetic disorder Non-Ketotic Hyperglycinemia, (NKH).

Representatives – including the Kendrick family - gathered in Wigan Town Hall on Wednesday to formally receive their star on the year of the charity’s tenth anniversary.

Leader of Wigan Council, Councillor David Molyneux MBE, said: “I’m a proud ambassador of Joseph’s Goal, and it was a privilege to welcome representatives from the charity – including Joseph – to the town hall to receive their star.

“Joseph’s Goal fundraising events bring together our community through its strong links with our borough’s rich sporting history. From Walks4Joseph to charity balls, football matches with Latics Legends, bike rides, marathons and 10ks, plus donations from our residents, they have been able to make a huge contribution to NKH research.”

Over the last decade, the charity – the only dedicated NKH charity in the UK - has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds towards research into the rare genetic disorder.

Individuals and organisations who have made a long-standing impact on the local community are awarded stars.

Other illustrious recipients of stars on Believe Square include Hollywood actor Sir Ian McKellen, keyworkers in the Covid-19 pandemic and Olympic athlete Jenny Meadows.

Emma Kendrick, Joseph’s mum, said: “We’re overwhelmed and incredibly humbled to receive Joe’s star, which we accept on behalf of every single person who has supported Joseph's Goal over the years.

“We couldn't have done any of this without them."

Paul Kendrick, Joseph’s dad, added: "When we started Joseph's Goal 10 years ago this week, we had no idea where it was going to take us.

"We just knew that we had to do something to try and help Joseph and children like him, and not much was being done - outside of North America - in the way of research.

"We've had so much help and support along the way, most of it from within this amazing community, and we can't thank everyone enough.

"It's been a real team effort, all inspired by a special little boy, and we're so grateful his name and legacy will live on through this wonderful gesture in this wonderful town."

Find out more about the charity by visiting their website Joseph's Goal (external link).

Posted on Thursday 6th October 2022

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