Cystic Fibrosis Warriors
1131. Josh Llewellyn-Jones
Josh Llewellyn-Jones, aged 31, from the Vale of Glamorgan, has raised over £750,000 from extreme fitness challenges in support of cystic fibrosis charities and his own foundation to encourage children with the condition to exercise.
Diagnosed with cystic fibrosis as a child, Josh was told by doctors that he would not live into his thirties. Inspired to raise awareness of the condition and show the importance of still being physically active, Josh has undertaken a range of endurance challenges such as ultra-marathons, and became a world-record holder after weight-lifting one million kilos in 24 hours. His challenges have raised money in support of his foundation ‘CF Warriors’, which helps children with cystic fibrosis get into sport at an early age by providing dedicated packs giving tips on exercise and fitness. ‘CF Warriors’ has also provided an online community for children with cystic fibrosis who are isolated from others with the condition due to risks of cross-infection.
Josh was presented with his award by the Secretary of State for Wales, and his local MP, Alun Cairns at the Downing Street St David’s Day reception (pictured below).
In a personal letter to Josh, Prime Minister Theresa May said:
“You should feel very proud of your extraordinary fundraising efforts and the transformational work of your foundation. Through ‘CF Warriors’, you are inspiring young people with cystic fibrosis to enjoy exercise and live the fullest lives they can. You are an inspiration and I wish you the very best with your future challenges.”