FEEL GOOD | Teen with cerebral palsy gets a helping hand from community angels

Reading Time: 3 minutes

Josh Crichton (13) from Bedfordview, Johannesburg was a micro premature baby at birth, weighing only 750 grams.

At just 7 months old, unable to reach any of his milestones, he was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, a condition that affects a person’s ability to move and maintain balance and posture.

Despite being severely physically disabled and unable to talk, Josh is a lovely, happy child, always joining in with a laugh when someone makes a joke.

“He is truly so strong and a huge inspiration to all around him and always manages to smile in these trying times.” – says his mom, Denise 

Josh’s mom, Denise has been at her son’s side since he was born, as he is unable to do anything on his own.

She lovingly understands him and his needs, but like any superhero mom, she could do it with some help, especially after losing her job in May 2021.

Josh Crichton is always smiling

Crowdfunding for a Carer

To help Denise hire a carer for Josh, so that she can return to work, and make a better life for the two of them, non-profit organisation, The Angel Network, has launched a crowdfunding campaign on BackaBuddy, to reach out to the public for much-needed support.

Since the launch of the campaign, over R47 000 has been raised with the help of 23 extraordinary donors, towards their target of R100 000.

Funds raised will also help Denise cover the cost of Josh’s medical aid which covers his nappies, wet wipes, syringes, operations, and the chronic medication which keeps him alive.

Josh’s medical needs are a source of tremendous stress for Denise, as his medical savings are depleting rapidly.

Hospital visits and operations have been a constant for Josh throughout his lifetime.

Josh has undergone a Nissen fundoplication surgery to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease, a gastric volvulus operation, various Botox procedures, tendon lengthening, and has been fitted with a feeding tube on two occasions.


Support Josh by making a donation on BackaBuddy:
Alternatively, donate via Snapscan:

All donors are eligible for a Section 18a Tax certificate, issued by The Angel Network.

Connect with The Angel Network

The Angel Network is an organization, run solely via the power of social media. They are a registered Non-Profit Organisation (NPO: 181-947) and Public Benefits Organisation (PBO).

Their goal is to create a gateway for giving. A platform from which helping where help is needed, is easily accessible to anyone wanting to do a little more, and give a little more.

Connect with Porky’s

Porky’s People NPC, is a non-profit organisation based in South Africa. We share inspiring South African stories, charitable causes, and information worth spreading. 🌍 💜Our passion is people and non-profits.

Subscribe to our Newsletter – Find us on social media @porkyspeople.

Create a crowdfunding campaign

South Africa’s leading crowdfunding platform, BackaBuddy has supported more than 10 000+ individuals and charities in setting up fundraising campaigns for medical fees, tuition, and various causes in South Africa. The platform has thus far raised over R310 Million.


Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.