Barrow-based artist fundraises for Blue Skies in memory of late father

Barrow-based Josh Duncan has raised £750 for a number of charities to commemorate his father Graham Duncan who died 11 years ago.

Graham was diagnosed with leukaemia, but his legacy lives on through the on-site accommodation at Blackpool Victoria Hospital opened in 2010, aptly named “Duncan House”.

The house was opened by the late entertainer Joe Longthorne and is a place for relatives of leukaemia patients to stay whilst they undergo treatment to save them the long distances they often have to travel.

Describing himself as a “somewhat natural” runner, Josh undertook the challenge of running 20k, nicknamed the “Tracksuit 20”, around his hometown once a week for five consecutive weeks to raise money.

“This is the first time I’ve done anything off my own back but I feel like I’m in a position now where I can do what I can to help. I was planning the route and then I zoomed out and was like; you’re having a laugh- it was in the shape of a heart!”

He combined this with the release of his latest tracks, “Man Down” and “Never Know”, which have a big focus on mental health, rapping about depression and anxiety.

Josh’s efforts caught the attention of BBC Cumbria and BBC North West Tonight and featured on both promoting his charitable work.

The monies raised are to be split between five charities and he’s pleased to know it’ll go towards helping others, through the work at Blackpool Victoria Hospital and Duncan House.

He said: “There’s a lot of pride because of the family name and that’s why I do what I do, knowing I’ve been able to help people.”

You can stream Josh’s tracks and support his work by searching for “JD” Spotify.